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Medicare information for Illinois

The national telephone number for Medicare is 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).

The Illinois SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program) office helps Illinois residents with Medicare issues. The Illinois SHIP program can help you with topics such as :

  • Medicare Advantage
  • Medicare enrollment
  • Medicare nursing home benefits

Illinois SHIP contact details are :

Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP)
(217) 785-9021
(800) 548-9034
http://www.state.il.us/aging/

Medicare does not have local offices, but your closest Social Security office can help with Medicare issues like reporting a death or checking eligibility for Medicare Part A or Medicare Part B.



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