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 a Medicare “Check Up” Day Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 1:30 P.M. in Murphy Auditorium on the campus of Copeland Oaks Retirement Community, 800 S. 25th 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 2015 during Medicare open enrollment Oct. 15 through Dec. 5,” said Phil Braisted, Copeland CEO.

“This program is not only for folks who are now eligible for Medicare, but will also have valuable information for people who will celebrate their 65th birthday during 2015 and will need to make some important decisions regarding their health care insurance coverage. Family members and caregivers are also most welcome to attend the program as elders often seek advice on making insurance decisions from loved ones,” said Mary Walker, RN, Copeland/Crandall Community Resources Coordinator.

For more information or to register for the Medicare “Check Up” program call 330-938-7519.