Sometimes, it’s nice to be able to sit in front of someone to actually talk about your Medicare questions. So, are there Medicare office locations you can walk into and get help?
The main Medicare office headquarters is located in Maryland, just outside of Baltimore City. It’s a huge building, and other than the front desk area, not open to the public. There are also ten regional Medicare offices that are located throughout the United States. These offices can be found in the following areas:
But you can’t just walk into any one of these buildings and ask to talk to someone about your Medicare. They’re huge government buildings that house people who perform the administrative functions for Medicare. That’s because to apply for Medicare part A, B, D or Medicare Advantage or Medicare Supplement plans, you actually go through the Social Security Administration (SSA). You actually can walk into one of those buildings and ask for help.
In order to locate a Social Security office near you, simply go to: https://secure.ssa.gov/ICON/main.jsp and then type in your zip code.
It is important to note that before you go to a local Social Security Administration office, be sure to call first to set up an appointment. That way, the representatives will be ready for you, and may also be able to answer any questions that you have more quickly. The main phone number for reaching the Social Security Administration is: 1-800-772-1213.
In lieu of visiting a local Social Security or Medicare office, you may be able to find the information that you’re looking for online. For instance, you can easily apply for Social Security or Medicare benefits, as well as review your information, and manage your account by visiting: https://www.ssa.gov/onlineservices/.
If you live outside of the United States, there are also a number of field offices and American embassies and consulates that have personnel who may be able to assist you. In this case, you can simply visit: https://www.ssa.gov/foreign/foreign.htm in order to find additional details on how to contact these Social Security and Medicare benefit offices.
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Author Bio: Ben started Prepare for Medicare in 2014 to help people help people get objective answers to questions about Medicare. He’s held leadership roles at numerous Fortune 500 Medicare health insurers in product development, sales, marketing and strategy for over 20 years.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. www.cms.gov
Social Security Administration. www.ssa.gov