Whether you need general information about Medicare or Medicaid, have specific questions, or want to apply for one of these programs, these are the best places to start on the Internet.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
This is the site of the U.S. federal agency that administers Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program. This site has lots of research and statistical data about the Medicare program, who receives benefits, and how it is administered.
Center for Medicare Advocacy
This national, non-profit, nonpartisan group's website provides education, assistance and advocacy for seniors and the disabled in obtaining access to their health care options.
Department of Health & Human Services -- Poverty Guidelines
On this site, you'll find the poverty guidelines that the Social Security Administration uses to determine whether you qualify for a low-income Part D subsidy to help fund prescription drug costs under Medicare Part D, Prescription Drug Coverage.
This is the official U.S. government site for Medicare. You can find forms to apply for Medicare, get help choosing a policy to supplement your Medicare coverage, find doctors, and much more.
Office of Medicare Hearings & Appeals (OMHA)
If you are a Medicare beneficiary, enrollee or service provider and your claim for coverage or reimbursement has been denied, this is the place to get information on your appeal rights. This site contains information on the five levels of the Medicare appeals process and contains links to other agencies and offices within the U.S. government involved in the Medicare appeals process.
Social Security Online -- Medicare Benefits
The Social Security Administration's website contains a wealth of information about Medicare benefits, applying for benefits, and information about Medicare prescription drug plan costs.
Insurance Assistance Program
If you are on Medicare and have questions about it, this nationwide site will help you find local one-on-one assistance and counseling resources. Start with the drop-down menus to find your state and county programs.
Nolo's Medicare & Medicaid Section
Visit Nolo's Medicare & Medicaid section to learn all about these government programs. You'll find easy-to-understand information about choosing a Medicare Managed Care plan, using Medigap to fill in gaps in your Medicare coverage, how Medicare Parts A and B work, and whether and when to enroll in Medicare Part D, Prescription Drug Coverage.