Where Is a Medicare Office Near Me?
Medicare has national offices in Maryland and Washington, D.C., and 10 regional offices around the United States. It does not operate local offices but you can apply for Medicare at any local Social Security office. Most business you may have with Medicare can be handled through its toll-free phone number or the Medicare website.
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- Published: October 26, 2020
- Updated: September 21, 2022
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Where Do You Go to Apply for Medicare?
You apply for Medicare through the U.S. Social Security Administration. You can do this online, by telephone or at your local Social Security office.
The Social Security Administration can only enroll you in Original Medicare — Medicare Part A and Part B. Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage and Medigap plans are sold through private insurers.
But the Social Security Administration can help with other services through the Medicare benefits section on its website.
- Apply for Medicare Part A
- Apply for Medicare Part B
- Request a replacement Medicare card if yours is lost or stolen
- Update address, phone number or other personal information
Social Security Office Changes Due to COVID-19
The Social Security Administration suspended in-person service at its local offices on March 17, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The administration still provides services over the telephone, by fax or through its website.
You can still use the local office locator tool to contact your local office during the pandemic.
Does Medicare Have Local Offices?
Medicare does not have local offices. It does have national offices in the Baltimore suburbs and Washington, D.C., along with 10 regional offices around the country.
- Central Office
- 7500 Security Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21244
- Washington, D.C. Office
- The Hubert H. Humphrey Building
200 Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, DC 20001
- Region I
- John F. Kennedy Federal Building
15 New Sudbury Street, Room 2325
Boston, MA 02203-0003
- Region II
- 26 Federal Plaza, Room 3811
New York, NY 10278-0063
- Region III
- 801 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107-3134
- Region IV
- Atlanta Federal Center, 4th Floor
61 Forsyth Street, SW, Suite 4T20
Atlanta, GA 30303-8909
- Region V
- 233 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 600
Chicago, IL 60601
- Region VI
- 1301 Young Street, Room 714
Dallas, TX 75202
- Region VII
- Richard Bolling Federal Building
601 East 12th Street, Room 355
Kansas City, MO 64106-2808
- Region VIII
- 1961 Stout Street, Room 08-148
Denver, CO 80202
- Region IX
- 90 7th Street, #5-300 (W)
San Francisco, CA 94103-6706
- Region X
- 701 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1600
Seattle, WA 98104
Regional offices serve as the agency’s state and local presence. Field staff at these offices answer questions from and provide education about Medicare to people on Medicare and Medicaid, state government officials, doctors or other health care providers, community organizations and insurers that contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Most of Medicare’s services can be handled through your local Social Security office, over the phone with Medicare or through the Medicare website.
- Through the Medicare website at www.medicare.gov
- Call toll-free at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227)
- Using the TTY number at 1-877-486-2048
How to Find Doctors Who Take Medicare
You can use the Physician Compare locator on the Medicare website to find doctors in your area who accept Medicare.
The online tool allows you to look for specialists based on the part of your body requiring medical services.
If you are unable to access the Physician Compare tool, you can call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) and ask a Medicare representative to run the search for you. You can also ask them to mail you a printed copy of the search results.
Where to Go to Find Medicare Advantage, Medigap and Medicare Part D
Medicare Advantage (Part C) plans, Medicare Part D prescription drug plans and Medigap coverage are all sold by private insurers that contract with Medicare to sell and administer these plans.
You can buy these plans directly from insurance companies, online brokers or local insurance agencies.
You can also use the Medicare plan finder tool at Medicare’s website to find or compare Medicare Advantage or Medicare Part D plans in your area. Most Medicare Advantage plans also include prescription drug coverage.
Medicare also has an online tool to help you compare and find a Medigap policy in your area.
9 Cited Research Articles
- U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. (2021, December 1). Locations and Facilities. Retrieved from https://www.cms.gov/About-CMS/Career-Information/CareersatCMS/LocationsFacilities
- U.S. Social Security Administration. (n.d.). Looking for a Local Office? Retrieved from https://www.ssa.gov/locator/
- U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. (n.d.). Meeting with Agents One-on-One. Retrieved from https://www.medicare.gov/Pubs/pdf/MeetngAgntsOneonOne_fctsht_ENGLISH_link.pdf
- U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. (n.d.). How to Get Prescription Drug Coverage. Retrieved from https://www.medicare.gov/drug-coverage-part-d/how-to-get-prescription-drug-coverage
- U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. (n.d.). How to Join a Medicare Advantage Plan. Retrieved from https://www.medicare.gov/sign-up-change-plans/types-of-medicare-health-plans/medicare-advantage-plans/how-to-join-a-medicare-advantage-plan
- U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. (n.d.). Find Contact Information. https://www.medicare.gov/talk-to-someone
- USA.gov. (n.d.). Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Retrieved from https://www.usa.gov/federal-agencies/centers-for-medicare-and-medicaid-services
- U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. (n.d.). Find Medicare Physicians and Other Clinicians. Retrieved from https://www.medicare.gov/physiciancompare/
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Where Can I Find a Doctor that Accepts Medicare and Medicaid? Retrieved from https://www.hhs.gov/answers/medicare-and-medicaid/where-can-i-find-a-doctor-that-accepts-medicare-medicaid/index.html
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