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Where to Get Your Medicare Questions Answered



To get general or claims specific Medicare information and important telephone numbers. If you need help in a language other than English or Spanish, say “Agent” to talk to a customer service representative.

1 800 633 4227
TTY 1 877 486 2048


State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)

To get free personalized Medicare counseling on decisions about coverage; help with claims, billing, or appeals; and information on programs for people with limited income and resources.

Call 1 800 MEDICARE to get the telephone numbers of SHIPs in other states.


Social Security

To get a replacement Medicare card; change your address or name; get information about Part A and/or Part B eligibility, entitlement, and enrollment; apply for Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug costs; ask questions about premiums; and report a death.

1 800 772 1213
TTY 1 800 325 0778


Coordination of Benefits Contractor

To get information on whether Medicare or your other insurance pays first and to report changes in your insurance information.

1 800 999 1118
TTY 1 800 318 8782


Department of Defense

To get information about TRICARE for Life and the TRICARE Pharmacy Program.

1 866 773 0404 (TFL)
TTY 1 866 773 0405
1 877 363 1303 (Pharmacy)
TTY 1 877 540 6261


Department of Health and Human Services

Office of Inspector General—If you suspect Medicare fraud.

1 800 447 8477
TTY 1 800 377 4950


Office for Civil Rights

If you think you were discriminated against or if your health information privacy rights were violated.

1 800 368 1019
TTY 1 800 537 7697


Department of Veterans Affairs

If you’re a veteran or have served in the U.S. military.

1 800 827 1000
TTY 1 800 829 4833


Office of Personnel Management

To get information about the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program for current and retired Federal employees.

1 888 767 6738
TTY 1 800 878 5707


Railroad Retirement Board (RRB)

If you have benefits from the RRB, call them to change your address or name, check eligibility, enroll in Medicare, replace your Medicare card, and report a death.

Local RRB office or 1 877 772 5772


Quality Improvement Organization (QIO)

To ask questions or report complaints about the quality of care for a Medicare covered service or if you think your service is ending too soon. Call 1 800 MEDICARE to get the telephone number for your QIO.


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