Medicare services fall under the jurisdiction of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which is the government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. If you have questions regarding Medicaid, those should be directed to the state as the program is administered at the state level.
Below are listed some frequently-asked questions (FAQs) regarding Medicare. These links will take you directly to the agency website.
For more information you can visit Medicare online or contact the National Customer Service Center at 1-800-633-4227 or 1-877-486-2048 TTY.
While a friend or family member can certainly contact my office on someone else's behalf, the privacy release form must be signed by the individual needing the assistance. On any correspondence sent to me, please include your phone number and contact information so that my staff can be as responsive as possible to your request.
When completing the form, please include all pertinent information such as:
- Your full name
- Your Social Security Number
- Date of birth
- Claim number (if available)
- Description of concern/issue
- Your contact information (phone number, address, e-mail)
My staff can then contact the appropriate agency on your behalf to determine the status of your claim and provide you with any further assistance. Please note that I cannot direct a certain outcome or mandate an expedited process. I can only communicate the circumstances and request that the appropriate actions be taken to assist you.
Please keep in mind that due to the constitutional separation of the legislative and judicial branches of government, an elected official is not allowed to be involved in legal matters. In these matters, you may wish to seek legal counsel. Additionally, I can only assist with federal agencies. If your concern is with a state or local entity, you will need to contact the appropriate jurisdiction for these issues. Additionally, those who are not living within the state of Idaho should contact their own state's delegation members for assistance. Exceptions to this would include military personnel who are away from the state while on active duty or students attending college out of state.
Again, I am more than happy to assist with issues you might have with the federal government and look forward to being your advocate whenever possible.