Connector prep session available online

Ohio Public Employees Retirement System and OneExchange representatives are conducting seminars to help retirees transition to the OPERS Medicare Connector.

Our Get Ready with OneExchange seminars are designed to present you with information about Medicare and the Connector, the private Medicare exchange in which participants will select their own supplemental health care coverage. We’ll be conducting them around Ohio, and in Florida and Arizona, throughout August and September.

You can sign up for a seminar through your online account or by calling us at 800-222-7377. You’ll learn about how Medicare works and have the opportunity to chat with a OneExchange health care representative.

If you’re unable to attend an on-site seminar, you can watch one that we pre-recorded. It’s available on our website by clicking here. The video will help participants prepare for the plan enrollment call with a OneExchange Licensed Benefit Advisor in October through December.

Michael Pramik

Michael Pramik is communication strategist for the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System and editor of the PERSpective blog. As an experienced business journalist, he clarifies complex pension policies and helps members make smart choices to secure their retirement.

Michael Pramik

Communication Strategist

  • When will there be a seminar on the westside of Cleveland? I have talked by phone and have a scheduled conference call in October but I’d like to hear more info regarding these changes.

    Thank you,

    • Sally,

      Seminars are scheduled in Westlake on Sept. 14 and Sept. 15. Log into your online account and sign up, or call us at 800-222-7377.

      –Ohio PERS

  • We both retired from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH – we are covered under OPERS (Humana Medicare) but now have relocated to Trinity, FL 34655. Will we have any kind of connector seminars in Pasco County?

  • I have made my appointment with OneExchange. Is there a way to review the plans offered in advance of my scheduled call.

      • I doesn’t work. I emailed OneExchange and they responded that comparison rates for 2016 from differing insurances companies will not be available until October 5, and some not until October 15. I understood this. I tried their link for retail for 2015 rates and it doesn’t work either. This is not helpful for the retiree to not have the 2015 rates just to review and compare, prior to the 2016 rates coming out. OSHIP has rates, but I’m sure most retirees may not go there to access. One enters all the info required and hopes to review current rates, but it just won’t happen.

  • The link you suggest is OneExchange and one can’t get the information on plans and rates until October 5 and even October 15 for some plans (for 2016). I knew this but want to compare 2015 rates and plans. OneExchange emailed me that 2015 plans and rates are not available on their site, even though they suggest it is. The only other thing I know of is to review 2015 plans and rates on OSHIP or ODI, which might not be as accurate for OPERS retirees,

    • Deborah,

      We can’t answer personal questions like yours in the blog. Please call us at 800-222-7377.

      –Ohio PERS

  • this was one of the worst dealings that I ever had. don’t bother filing out the prelim questionnaire, because the same exact questions u answered are all asked again. The person I talked with was very difficult to understand. Perhaps English was her third language. Then after about a 1 hr. conversation only to be told call back to another site and be ready to spend another hour. Why bother filling out the initial question application? I was meticulous answering every question thoroughly and then have to repeat the same thing over again. Why not just skip that step. I was told they have no access to the initial questionnaire. This is a very poor process

  • When will there be educational programs for those of us who are not eligible for Medicare Part A? It seems non of the materials address this group and I’ve received no information about time lines. When do we apply for part A? When do we become part of the connector? What happens in the meantime to our insurance?

    • Joe,

      That’s not in the works just yet, but we are planning to introduce a new, responsive website design later this year that will work more efficiently with smart phones.

      –Ohio PERS

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