Your Medicare questions answered

We answer your questions about how to get information, and how to get the best Medicare plan for you

We are in the time of year, when you can change your Medicare coverage, and lots of you had questions on the program and how to make sure you're getting the best for yourself

Myrna Koldin, from Onondaga County's Office for Aging, headed up our panel, answering your questions on Monday evening. Here is some of the information they passed along:

>Everyone who's on Medicare, and people who take care of relatives on Medicare, should review the plan and their options to make sure that what they have is the best option. The 'window' for change ends December 7th, so this is a good time to do it. County Offices for Aging in any county can help, offering free, unbiased and confidential information.

>There are money saving plans available to help, including NY's EPIC, which is available to people with surprisingly high incomes.

>Medicare is in the process of issuing new cards, with number/letter combinations replacing Social Security numbers for the id, for security reasons. When you get your new card, be sure to notify doctors, pharmacies and others who may bill Medicare, so that your claims go through without delay.

The Answer Desk is taking a couple weeks' break, but will return. If you have a topic you'd like to see on our Monday call-in, send your suggestion to

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