Medicare…. Medicaid…. Obamacare….. HMOs…..PPOs  navigating the current health insurance environment can be especially challenging for senior citizens and their family members.

The Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) provides free, unbiased, objective information and other health insurance services to people covered by Medicare and their caregivers. OSHIIP is a service of the Ohio Department of Insurance.

An OSHIIP representative will present Medicare 2016 Tuesday, Oct. 4, at  2 P.M. and at 6 P.M. in Murphy Auditorium on the campus of Copeland Oaks Retirement Community, 800 S. 15th St., Sebring.

The program will discuss and answer questions about Medicare coverage, Medicare Advantage Plans, Medicare supplemental insurances, Medicare Part D (drug coverage), qualifications for eligibility for both Medicare and Medicaid, long-term care insurances, etc.

“This informative, free program will help to prepare area residents to make educated decisions regarding their health care insurance coverage for 2016 and beyond.  Area residents who will  celebrating their 65th birthday during 2016 have some very important decisions to make that can affect their health coverage for many years in the future,” noted Mary Walker, RN, Copeland Community Information Director and OSHIIP counselor.

“This program is not only for folks who are now eligible for Medicare, but will also have valuable information for family members and caregivers from whom elders often seek advice on making insurance decisions.  It can be especially informative for family members who are powers of attorney for health care for loved ones” said Kim Strabala, LPN, Crandall Outreach and Transitions Coordinator and OSHIIP counselor.

For more information or to register for the Medicare 2016 program call 330-938-7519.