Helpful Links and Resources

If you want to discover more about Medicare coverage and Medicare plans, check out these helpful resources and related government sites.


Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

1-800-633-4227 (1-800-MEDICARE), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

CMS is the Federal agency that administers the Medicare program. Use this resource to learn more about eligibility, coverage, and plans.


Social Security Administration (SSA)


TTY: 1-800-325-0778

The SSA provides information about Medicare eligibility and the low-income subsidy (LIS) "Extra Help" for the Part D drug program. You can also request a replacement Medicare card, change your name, or address and report a death.


U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs


TTY: 1-312-751-4701

This resource is for veterans or those who have served in the U.S. military.


Railroad Retirement Board (RRB)

If you have benefits from the RRB, you can call them to check eligibility, learn about payment of benefits, enroll in Medicare, replace your Medicare card, or report a death.



Medicaid is a joint Federal and state program that helps pay medical costs for those requiring financial assistance.


Illinois Medicaid Program

The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) helps those who qualify for Medicaid pay for health care coverage.


State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)

Illinois Department of Aging: 1-800-252-8966 (TTY: 1-888-206-1327)

Texas Department of Aging: 512-438-3011

SHIP is a state program that offers free health insurance counseling to people with Medicare.


Medicare and You Handbook

The official U.S. government Medicare handbook has a summary of Medicare benefits, rights and protections, and answers to many questions about Medicare.



The official U.S. government Medicare website glossary explains terms in the Medicare program.

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