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Consumer Reports
Full-text articles from Consumer Reports from 1991 to the present. To use this resource,click on “Search within this publication” on the upper left side of the display.  After the words “JN “Consumer Reports” type in "and Medicare". A list of all articles about Medicare will be displayed. Click on the titles you want to read.

MasterFILE Premier
Find articles from newspapers, magazines and professional publications. Enter the words Medicare, Medicare coverage or Medigap to begin your search.  Virtual Tour

Understanding Medicare MedlinePlus.gov
A basic overview of the program with definitions. 



Story of Medicare: A Timeline
A seven minute film from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Cms.gov Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Official U.S. Government Site for People with Medicare including the latest information on Medicare enrollment, benefits, and other helpful tools.
Do you learn better by listening? Try the video catalog

AARP's Medicare Resource Center 

Medicare Basics    Eligibility & Enrollment    Managing Your Medicare    Medicare Options    Medicare Q&A Tool

Getting Started with Medicare (printable booklet from United Healthcare)
A clearly written overview. Read first before you begin your search for the right plan. Comparison worksheets included.

Medicare Eligibility & Premium Calculator
Use this calculator to get an estimate of when you’re eligible for Medicare and your premium amount.

Help with Medicare Choices
Take the quiz and find out what options you need to consider.

Medicare's free, secure online service for accessing personalized information about your Medicare benefits and services.

Medicare Interactive (MI) is a free and independent online reference tool thoughtfully designed to help older adults and people with disabilities navigate the complex world of health insurance.

Medicare Part D Solicitations
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation's consumer protection agency, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the agency that runs the prescription drug program, want you to know how to protect yourself and your personal information as you make important choices about your health care coverage

Medicare Plan Finder
Enter your zip code, choose a general or personalized search. Follow the prompts to find a plan that’s right for you.

Medicare & You handbook (2017)  
Includes information about how you can get the most out of your Medicare, including Medicare health and prescription drug plan choices and coverage; how to protect yourself and Medicare from fraud, background on advance directives, and resources for detailed information and personalized help.

Medicare Savings Program
You can get help from your state paying your Medicare premiums. In some cases, Medicare Savings Programs may also pay Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) and Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) deductibles, coinsurance, and copayments if you meet certain conditions.

Community and Local Links

Health Insurance Help Erie County Department of Senior Services (716) 858-7883.

Information about all types of health insurance for Older Adults including free in-person counseling services. If you have a question regarding health insurance, please e-mail us: insuranceguy@erie.gov - you'll get help with your questions and issues.

Information for Medicare Beneficiaries 
Consumer safeguards, plan descriptions and a list of Insurers offering Medicare Supplemental and Advantage plan Insurance in New York State​ including rates lookup by zip code.

Library Materials

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Medicare general