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.
A booklet by the Social Security Administration that provides basic information about Medicare, who is eligible to receive benefits and some of the options you have when it comes to choosing Medicare coverage.
A guide by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that provides a summary of Medicare benefits, coverage decisions, rights and protections. It also includes a list of the most frequently asked questions about Medicare.
An online video by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that provides a brief comparison of original Medicare to Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans. It also includes a discussion about Medicare Supplement Insurance Policies.
As the official U.S. government website for Medicare, this site offers information, guides, calculators and other resources to help you understand Medicare, determine your eligibility, compare health and drug plans, find a health care provider and more.
As the U.S. government’s administrator for Medicare, the Social Security Administration site is the place to go to apply for Medicare, apply for extra help with Medicare prescription plan costs or replace your lost, stolen or damaged Medicare card.
This site, maintained by the U.S. Administration on Aging, can help you understand what Medicare covers when it comes to skilled nursing facilities, as well as health care and other services provided at home and hospice care.
The Medicare Rights Center is a national, nonprofit consumer service organization that works to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults and people with disabilities through counseling and advocacy, educational programs and public policy initiatives.