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1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) (24 hours every day)
Official U.S. government homepage for people with Medicare. Information about plans, eligibility, enrollment, benefits, billing, and more from the federal Department of Health and Human Services. Customer service line for Medicare questions and assistance available in English or Spanish.
You have the right to appeal any decision about your Medicare services. This is true whether you are in the Original Medicare Plan, a Medicare managed care plan, or a Medicare prescription drug plan. If Medicare does not pay for an item or service you have been given, or if you are not given an item or service you think you should get, you can appeal.
A two page introduction to Medicare especially for those caring for elderly persons. What is Medicare? Who is eligible? What does it cover? (PDF)
The official government handbook to Medicare. (PDF, 128 pages)
A Medigap policy is health insurance sold by private insurance companies to fill the “gaps” in Original Medicare Plan coverage. Medigap policies help pay some of the health care costs that the Original Medicare Plan doesn’t cover. If you are in the Original Medicare Plan and have a Medigap policy, then Medicare and your Medigap policy will pay both their shares of covered health care costs. Click the above link for a guide to Medicap options. (PDF)
A glossary of Medicare terms at the federal Medicare site.
A glossary of Medicare and Medicaid terms.
Cornell University maintains this overview of Medicare with an updated index of links to relevant statutes, regulations, and court rulings.
1-800-333-4114 (M-F, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Eastern Time)
The Medicare Rights Center is a national, nonprofit consumer service organization that works to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults and people with disabilities through counseling and advocacy, educational programs and public policy initiatives. Counselors available to answer questions about insurance choices, Medicare rights and protections, dealing with payment denials or appeals, complaints about care or treatment, and Medicare bills.
The Center for Medicare Advocacy works to increase access to comprehensive Medicare coverage and excellent health care for elders and people with disabilities by providing the highest quality analysis, education and advocacy.
A guide from AARP on evaluating and purchasing long-term care insurance.
Research and recommendations about health care from the independent, nonprofit Consumers Union. Some information requires subscription.
Also check out our state-by-state directory for Medicare and insurance help by clicking here.
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