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  • Published: October 26, 2020
  • Updated: January 31, 2023
  • 11 min read time
  • This page features 9 Cited Research Articles
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Key Takeaways
  • Medicare has national and regional offices but does not operate local offices.
  • You can apply for Medicare, request a replacement Medicare card or update your phone number, address and other personal information through your local Social Security office with an appointment.
  • You can contact Medicare through its website or by calling 1-800-633-4227 (TTY at 1-877-486-2048).

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.

Find Your Local Social Security Office
You can use the Social Security Office Locator to find a local office near you. You can also apply for Medicare at the Social Security website or by calling its national, toll-free number at 1-800-772-1213.

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.

Medicare Services Available Through the Social Security Administration
  • 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.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Regions
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Addresses
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
Suite 9400
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.

How to Contact Medicare
  • 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.

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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.

FAQs About Finding a Medicare Office

Is the Medicare office the same as the Social Security office?
Medicare and Social Security are two different federal agencies with different missions. You can apply for Medicare through the Social Security Administration, but once enrolled you'll contact Medicare for all Medicare-related issues.
How do you make an appointment with a Medicare office?
Medicare does not operate local offices. You can contact Medicare customer service on the agency’s website at www.medicare.gov or by calling 1-800-633-4227 (TTY at 1-877-486-2048).
What time does the Medicare office open and close?
Medicare does not typically offer office appointments. You can reach a Medicare representative by phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-633-4227 (TTY at 1-877-486-2048).

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Last Modified: January 31, 2023

9 Cited Research Articles

  1. 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
  2. U.S. Social Security Administration. (n.d.). Looking for a Local Office? Retrieved from https://www.ssa.gov/locator/
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. (n.d.). How to Join a Medicare Advantage Plan. Retrieved from https://www.medicare.gov/sign-upchange-plans/types-of-medicare-health-plans/medicare-advantage-plans/how-to-join-a-medicare-advantage-plan
  6. U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. (n.d.). Find Contact Information. https://www.medicare.gov/talk-to-someone
  7. USA.gov. (n.d.). Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Retrieved from https://www.usa.gov/federal-agencies/centers-for-medicare-and-medicaid-services
  8. U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. (n.d.). Find Medicare Physicians and Other Clinicians. Retrieved from https://www.medicare.gov/physiciancompare/
  9. 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