Medicare Guides

Everyone has questions about the health care choices we must make. To help you make those choices, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS, the Federal agency that directs the Medicare program) has produced free brochures and fact sheets. Below are some examples of the guides you'll find on the website.

You can search for a specific publication by ID number or find a link to all available publications on the website.

General Information

  • Medicare & You (ID 10050)
  • A Quick Look at Medicare (ID 11514)
  • Welcome to Medicare (ID 11095)

Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage

  • 4 Ways to Help Lower Your Medicare Prescription Drug Costs (ID 11417)
  • Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage: How to Join a Medicare Drug Plan (ID 11111)
  • Your Guide to Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage (ID 11109)

Health Care Choices

  • Your Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home or Other Long Term Care (ID 02174)
  • Choosing a Medigap Policy: A Guide to Health Insurance for People with Medicare (ID 02110)
  • Guide to Choosing a Hospital (ID 10181)

Coverage and Payment

  • Coordination of Benefits: Getting Started (ID 11546)
  • Medicare and Home Health Care (ID 10969)
  • Medicare and Other Health Benefits: Your Guide to Who Pays First (ID 02179)
  • Medicare Coverage of Ambulance Services (ID 11021)
  • Medicare Coverage of Diabetes & Supplies & Services (ID 11022)
  • Medicare Coverage of Durable Medical Equipment and Other Devices (ID 11045)
  • Medicare Coverage of Kidney Dialysis and Kidney Transplant Services (ID 10128)
  • Medicare Coverage of Skilled Nursing Facility Care (ID 10153)
  • Medicare Hospice Benefits (ID 02154)
  • Your Medicare Benefits (ID 10116)

Rights and Protections

  • Medicare Appeals (ID 11525)
  • Protecting Yourself & Medicare from Fraud (ID 10111)
  • Medicare Rights and Protections (ID 11534)

Staying Healthy

  • Are You Up-To-Date on Your Preventive Services? (ID 11420)
  • Questions to Ask about Medicare Preventive Services (ID 11542)
  • Your Guide to Medicare's Preventive Services (ID 10110)