En español | If you feel confused by Medicare (a normal reaction shared by many), it helps to learn more about how the program works and/or to get personal help in figuring out your options and making choices that meet your needs and preferences. Here are some sources:
Learning about Medicare:
- Check out “Medicare For Dummies” (Wiley/AARP, September 2015) for comprehensive consumer information about Medicare.
- Learn how the Part D prescription drug program works.
- Browse AARP's "Ask Ms. Medicare" archive, a collection of answers to questions from people with Medicare.
- Use the resources on the Medicare website to read the "Medicare & You" handbook, find a doctor, compare hospitals, compare the details of Part D drug plans and Medicare Advantage plans, check coverage and much more.
Sources of help and information
- Social Security Administration: Go to its website or call 1-800-772-1213 for information on Medicare eligibility and enrollment, Part B premiums, Part D Extra Help or Medicare Savings Programs.
- Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: Go to its website or call 1-800-633-4227 for information on Medicare coverage and to compare Medicare options and plans.
- State health insurance assistance program (SHIP): Trained counselors offer personal help on all Medicare and Medicaid issues for free. To find the main toll-free phone number of your SHIP office, visit the website and select your state.
Note: If English is not your first language, you can ask Social Security, Medicare and your SHIP to provide someone who can translate information into your own language during talks with them, free of charge.