‘Better Call Jackson’ takes on tough Medicare questions

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Now is the time is sign up for Medicare coverage. I received a call from Miss Bessie Davis from the south side, who is signing up for Medicare the first time. She is a bit intimidated.

Davis told me she’s afraid of getting into a program that doesn’t meet her needs, and she is not alone in her concerns.

Choosing the right Medicare program is a common topic among the residents at the Jannis Senior Center.

“I found the process terribly confusing, there are so many decisions to be made, so many options,” said Nancy Schernerhorn.

But everyone is different. Martha Bowman’s daughter helped her fill out her insurance coverage and is fine with it.

“When you hear other people talk it seems like you know I got more benefits than others,” Bowman said.

And Robert Harmon has retirement benefits from his work at AEP and his time in the military.

“I can use both VA and Medicare and I have a number of friends who do that also,” said Harmon.

Andy Haggard is the Medicare Outreach Program Manager with the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging and says there is one common mistake enrollees make.

“There’s supplemental insurance, there’s Medicare Advantage,” said Haggard. “Its like managed care, and a lot of time people I talk to kind of get those two terms mixed up and interchange, and they think they have a supplement they actually have a Medicare Advantage plan so they need to make sure they understand what they have and have it work.”

For information on signing up for Medicare, you can call The Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program at 800-686-1578. You can also call COAAA at 1-800-589-7277, visit Social Security online or check out Medicare online.

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