You can reach the official U.S. Government Site for Medicare at www.medicare.gov or reach the Medicare Administration by calling 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227, TTY users call 1-877-486-2048).
You can also follow Medicare via:
YouTube – Visit www.youtube.com/user/CMSHHSgov to see videos covering different Medicare topics.
Email Updates – You can enter your email address here www.medicare.gov for important news and updates about Medicare from the Medicare administration.
Medicare Blog – The official blog of Medicare www.medicare.gov/blog.
If you need someone to be able to call 1-800-MEDICARE on your behalf, you can fill out a “Medicare Authorization to Disclose Personal Health Information” form so Medicare can give your personal health information to someone other than you. You can find the form by visiting www.medicare.gov/forms-help-resources/medicare-forms or by calling 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227, TTY users call 1-877-486-2048). You may want to do this now in case you become unable to do it later.
Medicare and You
The “Medicare & You” handbook published annually by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services includes additional important information about Medicare. You can request a paper copy by calling 1-800-MEDICARE (TTY 877-486-2048) or download a copy at www.medicare.gov/Pubs/pdf/10050-medicare-and-you.pdf.
Audio/Podcast Version: www.medicare.gov/pub/medicare-you-handbook.
You can find other Popular Medicare publications here: www.medicare.gov/pub/popular-medicare-publications, and other Medicare eBooks here: www.medicare.gov/pub/ebooks.
MyMedicare.gov’s Blue Button®
Blue Button 2.0®
Medicare has released a new data service that makes it easy for you to share your Parts A, Part B, and Part D claim information with a growing list of authorized applications, services, and research programs. You authorize each application individually and you can return to MyMedicare.gov at any time to change the way an application uses your information. MyMedicare.gov’s Blue Button makes it easy for you to download your personal health information to a file. Once you authorize sharing of your information with an application (by using your MyMedicare.gov account information), you can use that application to view your past and current Medicare claims. Having access to your information can help you make more informed decisions about your health care. Blue Button is safe, secure, reliable, and easy to use. By getting your information through Blue Button, you can:
- Download and save a file of your personal health information on your computer or other device, including your Part A, Part B, and Part D claims.
- Print or email the information to share with others after you’ve saved the file.
- Import your saved file into other computer-based personal health management tools.
Visit www.medicare.gov/manage-your-health/medicares-blue-button-blue-button-20 to use Blue Button today.
For Medicare Advantage Plans, only Part D information is available through this service. If you have a Medicare Advantage Plan, check with your plan to see if they offer a similar service to Blue Button 2.0. Medicare keeps a list of authorized applications.
The What’s Covered App
Find out what’s covered by Medicare with an easy App! The “What’s covered” mobile app delivers reliable (Original Medicare) Part A and Part B coverage information right on your mobile device. You can download it for free on both the App Store and Google Play. www.medicare.gov/blog/whats-covered-mobile-app.