How to Locate a Medicare Office

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Federal income taxes help pay for the cost of the Medicare program.
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The Social Security Administration handles the U.S. health care program known as Medicare. Medicare helps senior citizens over 65 years of age get the health care and medical supplies they need. According to the Social Security Administration website, ssa.gov, most Medicare related tasks, such as applying for coverage, can be completed online or over the phone. However, there are a few crucial tasks that must be completed in person. Medicare offices are maintained in local Social Security Offices, which can be located through the Social Security Administration in two ways.

Using the Social Security Administration Website

Navigate to the Social Security Administration website. Click on the link which reads "Find a Social Security Office".

Enter your local zip code, or the zip code of the area in which you would like to find a Social Security Office, in the box near the bottom of the page. Click on the "Locate" button next to it.

Choose an office from the list. According to the Social Security Administration website, the list is organized according to distance from the zip code indicated on the prior page.

Calling the Social Security Administration

Dial 1-800-MEDICARE. As stated on the Social Security Administration website, this number will connect you with experienced customer service agents who can help you find the Medicare information you need.

Ask the customer service agent who answers your call to help you determine the nearest Medicare office. The agent will need your address or zip code to calculate the nearest local office.

Write the address and phone number of any offices you are interested in on a piece of paper. Call all offices before visiting them to set appointments and determine what you will need to bring.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can perform some tasks at any Social Security office, while others may require a trip to a regional headquarters. Determine what kind of service you will need, and call ahead to check that the office you are visiting will be able to help you.
  • Always make an appointment. Social Security offices often face high traffic on a daily basis, and patrons who simply walk in may be turned away.
  • Do not input any personal information, including your full name or social security number, into any website that claims to need it to determine your nearest Medicare office.
  • Do not assume a Medicare office you have visited in the past is still open. These offices often move to new buildings, so call ahead to verify.

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