Important Resources


Understanding Medicare is no simple task. Here are 6 important resources you can use to get the help you need.

  1. Visit to use the Medicare Plan Finder.

  2. Look at your most recent “Medicare & You” handbook to see a listing of plans in your area. You should also review any information you get from your current plan, including the “Annual Notice of Change” letter.

  3. Call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), and say “Agent.” TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048. Help is available 24 hours a day, including weekends. If you need help in a language other than English or Spanish, let the customer service representative know the language.

  4. Get free personalized health insurance counseling by calling your State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP). Visit, or call 1-800-MEDICARE to get the phone number.

  5. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is a Federal agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Many CMS program related forms are available in Portable Document Format (pdf) by following the link below. (

  6. Do you need Extra Help paying for Medicare prescription drug coverage? If you have limited income and resources, you may qualify for “Extra Help” to pay your prescription drug costs. Visit to apply online. Or, call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 and ask for form SSA-i1020. TTY users should call 1-800-325-0778.