CANTON  The Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP), a division of the Ohio Department of Insurance, will hold a Medicare Check-Up Day event on Wednesday at Mercy Medical Center, 1320 Mercy Drive NW.

The presentation will begin at 2:00 p.m. and individual appointments are available at 6:00 p.m. To RSVP, call 330-489-1215.

“Our outreach efforts have kicked off and we are excited to assist Ohioans as they shop for the coverage that meets their needs,” Jillian Froment, director of the Ohio Department of Insurance, said in a news release.

During Medicare’s annual open enrollment, Ohioans can:

Change or continue current prescription drug plan;

Select a Medicare Advantage Plan, designed for comprehensive health and drug coverage;

Learn about recent updates to plan changes and financial assistance programs.

Froment advises Ohioans to be aware of predatory sales practices during open enrollment. The Ohio Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) will be present at Check-Up Day events to encourage Medicare recipients to protect their Medicare card and explain how to avoid fraudulent behavior. Consumers that suspect wrongdoing should call the department’s Fraud and Enforcement hotline at 1-800-686-1527 or the SMP at 1-800-488-6070.

 Those unable to attend a Medicare Check-Up Day event can contact OSHIIP at 1-800-686-1578, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., or call Medicare at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), 24 hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week. Information including specific plan details is available at www.medicare.gov.