Common Questions

Calling 1-800-MEDICARE? Here’s What to Expect

1-800-MEDICARE is the federal helpline for Medicare and is your source for help with all things Medicare, such as claims, payments, benefit questions and more. Before you call the Medicare phone number, read this helpful guide to know what to expect and what to do so that you get the help you’re looking for.

To contact Medicare by phone, call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). This is the official Medicare phone number that beneficiaries may call for help with their coverage, claims, payments and more.

The Medicare hours are 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. Help is available in both English and Spanish as well as for the hearing impaired (the TTY Medicare toll-free line is 1-877-486-2048).

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When you contact Medicare by telephone, a voice guide will ask you to briefly explain the reason you're calling. You might say something like, "I have a question about my premium." If you struggle to communicate your reason for calling, the voice guide will eventually lead you to a series of numbered prompts. But it may take a couple of failed verbal attempts on your part before these numbered prompts are introduced. 

The prompts, questions and menus that you hear when calling the Medicare phone number can change at different times of the year for different reasons. Listed below are the standard prompts and information that are presented to callers as of October 2023.

Using the Medicare Toll-Free Number

For help with...


Claim status

1-800-MEDICARE and say "Claims" or press “1


1-800-MEDICARE and say "premium payments" or press “2

Preventive exams

1-800-MEDICARE and say "preventive exams" or  press “3


1-800-MEDICARE and say "deductible" or press “4

Coverage and benefits

1-800-MEDICARE and say "coverage and benefits" or press “5

Anything else related to your Medicare coverage, or to speak with a Medicare agent

1-800-MEDICARE and say "agent" or "something else" or press “6

Medicare questions for the hearing impaired


Social Security


Again, the ability to press certain numbers for different options may not be triggered until you have made multiple attempts at communicating your needs verbally.  

Is 1-800-Medicare A Real Number?

Yes, you can rest assured that 1-800-Medicare is a real number and is the official phone number to contact the Medicare office regarding coverage, claims, benefits, payments, and more!

Below is what you can typically expect when you call 1-800-MEDICARE, as well as some of the various topics for which you might call the federal Medicare helpline.

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Question about a processed or denied Medicare claim

When you call the Medicare phone number to speak with a Medicare representative about a processed or denied Medicare claim, you can say "claims" or press 1 if prompted. You will be routed to a representative who will help you with your claim.

The Medicare customer service main directory

The Medicare customer service number is also 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).

You can recite any of the prompts out loud as listed above to receive help for your needs. If none of the above options apply to your need, you can say “help me with something else” or “agent." 

Claim status

Some people may call 1-800-MEDICARE to find out about the status of a filed claim or the reason a claim may have been denied.

While you can always call Medicare to check on a Medicare claim status, you can also do so by visiting You will need to set up an account for the website, which will allow you to access certain information about your Medicare coverage:

  • You can check the status of any Medicare Part A or Part B claim, usually within 24 hours after the claim is processed.
  • You can check your Medicare Summary Notice (MSN), which shows all of your Medicare coverage and billing activity for the previous three months.
  • You can download and save your Medicare Part A and Part B claims information.

For information about claims filed for Medicare Advantage or Medicare Part D coverage, contact your plan provider directly. 

Premium payments

Calling with a question about your Medicare premiums? Here’s some general information about Medicare costs that may be helpful:

Most people receive “premium-free” Part A of Medicare. This can include: 

  • Anyone who worked and paid Medicare taxes for 40 quarters (10 years)
  • Those who receive or are eligible to receive retirement benefits from Social Security or the Railroad Retirement Board
  • People who worked in Medicare-covered government employment (or have a spouse who did)
  • Anyone who receives disability benefits or has End-Stage Renal Disease and meets certain requirements

If you do not meet the above requirements, your Medicare Part A premium can cost up to $505 per month in 2024, depending on how long you have worked and paid into Social Security.

The standard premium for Medicare Part B is $174.70 in 2024. Some people (such as those who have recently reported higher incomes) may pay more. 

Here you can find a more detailed breakdown of what you can expect to pay for Medicare Part A and Part B costs.

For any questions about Medicare Advantage plan premiums or Medicare Part D plan premiums, contact your plan directly.

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Preventive exams

You might call 1-800-MEDICARE to find out if a particular preventive exam will be covered. Just as you can with other Medicare coverage or benefits questions, you can use the Medicare coverage finder to search for benefit information pertaining to any preventive exam.

For additional help, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a comprehensive guide to Medicare’s preventive services. The guide is free to view and contains helpful information about all of the preventive exams and screenings covered by Medicare.


You might also call the Medicare phone number to inquire about your annual Medicare deductibles and to find out how close you are to meeting the deductibles.

The Medicare Part A deductible does not operate on a yearly basis. Rather, the deductible is based on a benefit period, which can reset throughout the year. The Medicare Part A deductible is $1,632 per benefit period in 2024.

The deductible for Medicare Part B is $240 per year for 2024. 

Deductibles for Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D plans will vary from one plan to the next and can change every year.

Medicare Supplement plans can help pay for Medicare deductibles and other out-of-pocket Medicare costs. Medicare Supplement (also called Medigap) plans and Medicare Advantage plans are very different, and you can't have each type of plan at the same time.

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Coverage and benefits

Medicare Part A and Part B (also call Original Medicare) cover a wide range of services, so it’s understandable why so many beneficiaries call 1-800-MEDICARE with questions about whether or not a particular service or health care product will be covered by Original Medicare.

Speaking to a representative about what Medicare covers can certainly be helpful, and Medicare has also made much of this information available online.

You can visit the "Your Medicare Coverage" page of and simply type in the test, item or service that you are curious about in the search box. You can then click “Go” to find out what information may be available on the website.

Contact your plan directly with any questions about Medicare Advantage or Medicare Part D coverage or benefits.

Before you call the Medicare Hotline

Before calling 1-800-MEDICARE, have your Medicare card ready in case the representative needs to know your Medicare number. If you are calling with a question about a claim or a bill, have the bill or the Explanation of Benefits (EOB) handy for reference.

It can also be helpful to keep a pen and paper ready to write down any important information your Medicare representative may share, such as additional phone numbers, dollar amounts, dates and more.

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Is there a separate number for Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B?

No, the number is the same for both Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B. 

Is there a Medicare Advantage phone number?

Medicare Advantage plans (also called Medicare Part C) are offered by private insurance companies, so you may want to call your plan provider directly with any questions about your Medicare Advantage plan.

For general information about Medicare coverage, you can still call 1-800-MEDICARE, even if you are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan.

Are you considering switching to a Medicare Advantage plan, changing your current Medicare Advantage plan or enrolling in Medicare Advantage for your first time?

A licensed insurance agent can help answer any questions you have about Medicare Advantage plans and can help you compare plans that may be available in your local area.

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About the author

Christian Worstell is a senior Medicare and health insurance writer with He is also a licensed health insurance agent. Christian is well-known in the insurance industry for the thousands of educational articles he’s written, helping Americans better understand their health insurance and Medicare coverage.

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