Dean Recognized by Ohio Department of Insurance

SourcePoint Insurance Specialist Helps Seniors to Save on Medicare Costs

PRESS RELEASE—Paula Dean, an insurance specialist with SourcePoint, was recognized last week as the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) Coordinator of the Year by the Ohio Department of Insurance. Dean, who also serves as OSHIIP Delaware County coordinator, earned this well-deserved recognition because of her strong knowledge of and dedication to the program and her outstanding efforts to serve her clients.

OSHIIP, funded in part by state funds and by a federal grant, provides Medicare beneficiaries with free, objective health insurance information and one-on-one counseling. The Ohio Department of Insurance annually recognizes its volunteers for outstanding service to Ohio’s Medicare-eligible population.

Dean and SourcePoint’s insurance team helps seniors in Delaware County evaluate Medicare needs, prescription drug coverage options, as well as provide Medicare-related classes—all at no charge. In 2016, Dean met with more than 400 individuals on a one-to-one basis to review their situation, answer their questions, and to share unbiased information regarding their Medicare and senior health insurance options. By empowering her clients and classes to make informed decisions regarding their health insurance, Dean helped them to save more than $380,000 last year.

Dean, a Galena resident who has worked at SourcePoint since 2012 as an insurance specialist, recommends that Medicare enrollees in Delaware County visit Medicare.gov to compare available plans. She also encourages eligible residents to enroll in one of SourcePoint’s New to Medicare classes offered three times a month at its enrichment center, located at 800 Cheshire Road in Delaware, and other sites throughout the county. Individual consultations also can be scheduled. Visit www.MySourcePoint.org/insurance or call (740) 363-6677 for more information.

SourcePoint is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides professional expertise, services, and programs for Delaware County adults who want to thrive after 55. Services and programs are supported in part by the local senior services levy, corporate and private donations, sponsorships, grants, and by the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging. SourcePoint is a United Way agency.

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PHOTO: Kendra Burford, Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program Community Liaison, presents Paula Dean, insurance specialist with SourcePoint, with the OSHIIP 2016 Coordinator of the Year Award at a special recognition gathering at SourcePoint recently.