Is There a Medicare Phone Number? What Information Should I Have Ready?
Tips on what information you need when you dial the Medicare phone number.
The short answer to the first question is, yes, there is a Medicare phone number. It is 1-800-MEDICARE ((800)633-4227). This is a toll free number for general Medicare information, ordering Medicare booklets, and information about health plans.
Information To Have On Hand When You Call The Medicare Phone Number To Apply For MedicareYou need to have your date and place of birth.Your social security numberIf you want to have your benefits electronically deposited into your bank, you need to have the bank's Routing Number and your Account Number.The amount of money you earned this year and last year.The Name and address of your employer for this year and last year.The beginning and ending dates of any active U. S. military service before 1968.Your spouse's name, date of birth and social security number and any former spouses. You will also need any divorce dates or dates of death, if appropriate. Your Social Security Statement or a Statement of your earnings.
Other Places To Get Information About Medicare
If you don't want to call the Medicare phone number, you could use their website, www.Medicare.gov. This website has quick links to help you:Sign up or change Medicare plansFigure out what Medicare will costWhat it coversExplains drug coverageHow Medicare works with other insurancesFile claims or appealsHealth TipsOther sources of help or resources
A Few Final Tips
Finally, you should have something to take notes with. You are dealing with a big bureaucracy here but if you have all the information you need on hand, it should go as smoothly as these things can go.