For the Troy Daily News
TROY — Help is now available to help Miami County residents spoon through the alphabet soup as they try to select the right Medicare plan.
Health Partners Free Clinic, located in Troy, now offers free help in selecting the right Medicare health insurance and drug plans for Miami County residents.
Lois Wiggin, patient assistance program advocate at the clinic, is now certified as a Medicare counselor through the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program. Diana Bashore is also a certified Medicare counselor with OSHIIP and based at the clinic.
“We are here to educate people about Medicare,” Wiggin said.
Open enrollment for anyone on Medicare age 65 or older begins Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7. Those who are currently receiving benefits may need to make adjustments to their plans or may have questions about Medicare.
“We’re here year-round to help people review their plans, discuss an issue about a claim or other Medicare questions,” Bashore said.
Both Wiggin and Bashore agree that it’s a good idea for individuals to review their Medicare plans annually. Deductible and co-pay requirements may have changed, along with an individual’s health care needs.
To schedule an appointment for a review or to discuss other Medicare issues, call Wiggin or Bashore at Health Partners Free Clinic at 332-0894. Individuals should bring their Medicare card and any other insurance cards with them. Individuals should also bring list of medications they currently take.
Health Partners was incorporated in 1998 and is the lone free medical clinic for Miami County residents. Volunteer health care professionals provide free health care for uninsured and under-insured residents.