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Help for Seniors

To be more accessible to seniors and their needs, below is information specifically for senior citizens of the 5th District about Social Security, Medicare and other government programs
Resources for Seniors

Administration on Aging
Eldercare Locator (to find local resources): Toll Free 1-800-677-1116

Social Security Administration
Toll Free: 1-800-772-1213

Toll Free: 1-800-633-4227
TTY: 1-877-486-2048
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Benefits
VA health benefits are open to all Veterans. Family members may also be eligible to receive benefits. Click here to apply.  Toll Free number for VA Benefits: 1-800-827-1000.  Click here to find a VA facility.

Military Retiree Benefits TRICARE
TRICARE is the health care program available to active duty service members and retirees of the seven uniformed services, their family members, survivors and others who are registered in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System.  TRICARE is also available to members of the National Guard and Reserves and their families, and benefits will vary depending on the sponsor's military status.  Click here for TRICARE contact information.

Senior's Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP)
Under the North Carolina Department of Insurance, the Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) answers questions and counsels Medicare beneficiaries and caregivers about Medicare, Medicare supplements, Medicare Advantage, Medicare prescription drug plans, long-term care insurance and other health insurance concerns.  Call Toll Free: 1-800-443-9354.

North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services
A part of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services in Raleigh, NC.  Telephone: 919-855-3400


Learn More about Medicare Insurance Options

Beneficiaries can go to or call toll free 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) to make changes in their Medicare prescription drug and health coverage.

Check Your Medicare Enrollment
Use this tool to check your current and future enrollment.

Medicare Plan Finder
Choose a plan that meets your needs with this tool to search for and compare coverage options available in your area.

Understanding Medicare Open Enrollment Periods
This tip sheet is designed to help you navigate enrollment in the different parts of Medicare, including who can sign up, when you can sign up, and how the timing can affect your costs.

Medicare & You Handbook
Summary of Medicare benefits, rights and protections, and answers to the most frequently asked questions about Medicare.

Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance)
Part A helps cover inpatient care in hospitals, rehabilation facilities, skilled nursing facilities, and Religious Nonmedical Helath Care Institutions.  As well as Hospice and home health care.  If you or your spouse paid Medicare payroll taxes then you usually don't pay a monthly premium for Part A coverage.  This is called "premium-free Part A."  If you aren't eligible for premium-free Part A, you may be able to buy Part A.  See the Medicare website for more information.

Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance)
Part B helps cover medically-necessary services like doctors' services, outpatient care, home health services, and other medical services. Part B also covers some preventive services. Check your Medicare card to find out if you have Part B.

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