Key Sources of Help for Medicare
Part of the Medicare For Dummies Cheat Sheet
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Understanding the key ins and outs of Medicare can be tough, but don't worry; sources of Medicare help are only a call or click away. For helpful information on Medicare issues, these key resources are good bets:
Medicare: For info and personal help on coverage issues, call Medicare's help line at 800-633-4227 (TTY 877-486-2048).
Social Security: For info and personal help on signing up for Medicare or applying for Extra Help benefits in the Part D drug program, call 800-772-1213 (TTY 800-325-0778).
State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP): For the phone number of your SHIP, which provides free personal help with Medicare and Medicaid issues, call the Eldercare Locator at 800-677-1116.
Advocacy groups: For expert information and (in some cases) free help on Medicare issues, go to