The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) oversees and manages Medicare, and the Social Security Administration (SSA) works with CMS to help enroll Medicare beneficiaries.
To locate a Social Security office near you where you can get help enrolling in Medicare, use this link and type in your zip code in the search box. After clicking “Locate,” you’ll be presented with the address, phone number and office hours of your nearest Social Security Administration office. You can get help with your Medicare questions by contacting or visiting this office.
The CMS headquarters is in Woodlawn, Maryland, and regional CMS offices are located in Washington, D.C., Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Kansas City, Denver, San Francisco and Seattle.
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You can also find more information online about how to find a physician near you who accepts Medicare.
Fortunately, many of the services offered by a Medicare office – such as Medicare enrollment – can also be performed online or over the phone, so you may not even have to leave your house to get the Medicare help you need.
The official website of the Social Security Administration includes a Medicare section where you can perform a variety of tasks related to your coverage. Once you reach the SSA.gov website, you perform any of the following actions:
You can also find answers to many of your Medicare questions by visiting our Medicare Resources page. Here you can find information such as Medicare Advantage plan information for your state, Medicare FAQs, Medicare enrollment guides and more.
Some people may prefer to speak to a Medicare representative over the phone, and some actions may require you to do so.
The official phone number for Medicare is 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), TTY 1-877-486-2048. You may call Medicare 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, and help is available in both English and Spanish.
When calling Medicare, you may receive help with any of the following:
You may also speak to someone in person regarding your Medicare eligibility or enrollment by visiting your local Social Security office.
Medicare has regional offices located in:
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is headquartered in Woodlawn, Maryland.
Local Social Security offices contain Medicare departments that can handle Medicare-related inquiries.
There are three places to go where you may apply for Medicare.
There may be additional Medicare coverage options that are available near you.
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Christian Worstell is a licensed insurance agent and a Senior Staff Writer for MedicareAdvantage.com. He is passionate about helping people navigate the complexities of Medicare and understand their coverage options.
His work has been featured in outlets such as Vox, MSN, and The Washington Post, and he is a frequent contributor to health care and finance blogs.
Christian is a graduate of Shippensburg University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He currently lives in Raleigh, NC.
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