COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSPD) A state program designed to help people understand Medicare and provide enrollment assistance has broken another record for the amount of money it has saved Ohioans.

The Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program, known as OSHIIP, netted a total savings of $18 million last year, up from $16.4 million a year earlier. The new figure includes $9.8 million saved during the recent Medicare annual open enrollment period for people to select coverage for this year. About 193,000 Ohioans benefitted from the program in 2014.

“We have expert staff that understand Medicare and work with Ohioans to select the best coverage to meet their needs,” Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor said. “I can’t stress how important it is that Ohioans take advantage of the free and educational services provided by OSHIIP while annually reviewing their coverage.”

OSHIIP maintains a statewide network of volunteers and partner organizations in every one of the state's 88 counties. Last year they held a combined 1,595 events, including Medicare Check-up Days during the annual open enrollment period and Welcome to Medicare events each spring.

Over the last several years OSHIIP has incorporated technological enhancements to better track its interactions with consumers. OSHIIP’s total outreach numbers rank 14th up from 54th when compared to similar programs, according to data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

In April, OSHIIP will begin its annual Welcome to Medicare events to help new and soon-to-be beneficiaries understand the basics of Medicare.