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                             111 EVERGREEN ROAD, SPRINGFIELD, MI 49037
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Vonda VanTil, Special to Senior Times
Social Security offers retirement, disability, and survivors benefits. Medicare provides health insurance. Because these services are often related, you may not know which agency to contact for help. The table below can help you quickly figure out where to go. Please share this table with family and friends.
Social Security
How do I report a death?
 Contact your local Social Security Office or call 1-800- 772-1213 or call 1-800-772- 1213; (TTY 1-800-325-0778)
How can I check Medicare eligibility?
  X benefits/medicare
What does Medicare cover?
   X medicare-covers
How do I sign up for Hospital Insurance? (Part A)
  X benefits/medicare
How do I sign up for Medical Insurance? (Part B)
  X benefits/medicare
How do I apply for Extra Help with Medicare Prescription drug coverage? (Part D)
  X benefits/medicare/ prescriptionhelp
How can I check the status of Medicare Part A or B claims?
Where do I find forms for filing a Medicare appeal or let someone speak with Medicare on my behalf?
   X appeals/how-do-i-file-an-appeal
How to appeal an income-relat- ed monthly adjustment amount decision? (For people who pay a higher Part B or D premium, if their income is over a certain amount)
  X benefits/disability/appeal.html
How can I request a replace- ment Medicare card online?
  X myaccount
If I already get benefits or have Medicare, how do I report a change of address or phone number?
  X myaccount
What do Medicare health and prescription drug plans in my area cost, and what services do they offer?
   X compare
Which doctors, health care pro- viders, and suppliers participate in Medicare?
   X forms-help-resources/find- compare-doctors-hospitals- other-providers
Where do I find publications about Medicare?
 X =Medicare
Where can I find out more about a Medicare prescription drug plan (Part D) and enroll?
   X coverage-part-d/how-to-get- prescription-drug-coverage
Where can I find a Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medi- gap) policy in my area?
     X medigap-supplemental- insurance-plans
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Phone: 269.762.6110 • Fax: 269.762.6109
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                                    You can apply online for Medicare, even if you are not ready to retire. We can help you make an informed decision about when to apply for benefits based on your individual and family circumstances. Applying online can take less than 10 minutes. There are no forms to sign and usually no required documentation. We’ll process your application and contact you if we need more information.
Visit to begin. There, you can apply for Medicare and find other important information. If you’re eligible for Medicare at age 65, your initial enrollment period begins three months before your 65th birthday and ends three months after that birthday.
Some Medicare beneficiaries may qualify for Extra Help with their Medicare prescription drug plan costs. To qualify for the Extra Help, a person must be receiving Medicare, have limited resources and income, and reside in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia. For more information on Extra Help, read
You may also be interested in reading these publications:
• Apply Online for Medicare — Even if You Are Not Ready to Retire • When to Start Receiving Retirement Benefits
Helping a friend or family member with this information can improve the quality of their life. Share these resources with someone you love today.
Vonda Van Til is the public affairs specialist for West Michigan. You can write her c/o Social Security Administration, 3045 Knapp NE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49525 or via email at

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