Get the most out of Medicare

  • Get help choosing the coverage option that’s right
  • for you:
  • • Get free, personalized counseling from your State Health Insurance
  • Assistance Program (SHIP)—see pages 109–112 for the phone number.
  • • Call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY users can call
  • 1-877-486-2048.
  • • Visit the Medicare Plan Finder at
  • Get free help with your Medicare questions
  • For general Medicare questions, visit, or call 1-800-MEDICARE.
  • See pages 101–104 to learn about other resources.
  • Get preventive services
  • Ask your doctor or other health care provider which preventive services
  • (like screenings, shots, and tests) you need to get. Medicare covers many
  • common preventive services at no cost to you. See pages 29-49 and look for
  • the to learn more.
  • Get help paying for health care
  • Find out if you can get help paying your health and prescription drug costs.
  • Go to Section 7, which starts on page 83, to see if you qualify.

Go paperless
Help save tax dollars by choosing to access future “Medicare & You”
handbooks electronically. See page 103 to find out how. To access
and manage your personalized Medicare information online, visit See page 103 for details.


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