Medicare is a federal social insurance program that pays for medical care for eligible individuals who are 65 and older, under 65 with a disability or any age with end-stage renal disease.


Apply for Medicare

Apply for Medicare online at You may also call (800) 772-1213 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday (TTY: 1-800-325-0778) or make an appointment at your local Social Security office.

Contact SHIIP

Iowa’s Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) offers free, unbiased and confidential information and assistance related to Medicare. Call (800) 351-4664 (TTY 1-800-735-2942) to make an appointment or to register for a free “Welcome to Medicare” seminar at a location near you.

Medicare Beneficiary Helpline

If you have a concern about access to care or quality of care, or if you need assistance with denial of coverage, call the Medicare Beneficiary Helpline at (855) 408-8557.



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