Medicare Hotline

It's an election year, and among all the issues everybody's talking about is health care. Regardless of where you stand on the topic, there is one health care area that touches all our lives: Medicare. Whether it's you yourself because of age or disability, or parents, grandparents, or others, we all know somebody who is part of Medicare. Like most things big and complicated, the benefits and requirements can be complicated, to be sure.

The Medicare Hotline is available from the US Department of Health & Human Services. If you've got a question, they've got an answer. Phone 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) to get answers on questions about Medicare, health care plan choices, order publications, and other topics. They've got recorded information, or you can talk to a real person 24/7. Not many other governmental agencies make themselves available like that. For TTY/TDD users, the number is 1-877-486-2048.

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