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Ohio Department of Aging Press Release

July 30, 2010

First Lady Frances Strickland, Aging Director Barbara Riley and Insurance Director Mary Jo Hudson to Greet Seniors at Ohio State Fair

Officials to be joined by the Ohio Benefits Bank and singing quartet Four Harmonies Sake

COLUMBUS - Ohio First Lady Frances Strickland, Ohio Department of Aging Director Barbara E. Riley and Ohio Department of Insurance Director Mary Jo Hudson will visit the Ohio State Fair on Tuesday, Aug. 3 from noon until 1 p.m. in a booth outside the front entrance of the Celeste Center. They will share information about how to save money on Medicare-related costs, what type of fraud scams to watch for and to converse with Ohio seniors. Representatives from the Ohio Benefits Bank (OBB), and the singing quartet Four Harmonies Sake also will be at the booth.

Important information about Medicare and how to save on coverage, such as through the Low-income Subsidy (LIS), also referred to as Extra Help, and Medicare Savings Programs will be available. Representatives from the OBB will be at the State Fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on August 3 to assist Ohioans with completing the Extra Help applications. The OBB is a new public/private initiative that connects people with low and moderate incomes to public benefits and tax credits. Visitors also can obtain information about the state's Take Action, Protect Yourself from Fraud program. The initiative identifies schemes and scams targeted toward the elderly.

In addition, the Departments of Insurance and Aging will share a corner booth during the duration of the State Fair in the Bricker Marketplace building. The booth, numbered 201, will have a wealth of insurance information for all Ohioans, along with material geared specifically to those 60 years of age and older.

Ohioans are urged to utilize the resources provided by the Ohio Benefits Bank at 1-800-648-1176, www.obb.ohio.gov; the Ohio Department of Insurance's Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) at 1-800-686-1578, www.insurance.ohio.gov; the Ohio Department of Aging at 1-800-266-4346, www.aging.ohio.gov; and the Take Action program at 1-800-686-1526, www.takeaction.ohio.gov.

About ODA

The Ohio Department of Aging provides leadership for the delivery of services and supports that improve and promote quality of life and personal choice for older Ohioans, adults with disabilities, their families and their caregivers. Working with 12 area agencies on aging and other community partners, the department offers home- and community-based Medicaid waiver programs such as PASSPORT, the long-term care ombudsman program, the Golden Buckeye Card and more. Visit www.aging.ohio.gov.