Information on Medicare for U.S. Citizens Overseas

his message informs U.S. citizens about their Medicare benefits coverage while traveling or living overseas.

U.S. citizens currently receiving Medicare benefits, or eligible to receive them, should be aware that in nearly all circumstances their coverage does not extend outside of the U.S.  Specific information on overseas coverage can be found through this official Medicare publication. Nicaraguan hospitals and clinics cannot file Medicare claims and medical services provided in Nicaragua are not reimbursable by Medicare.

You should always protect your personal information. Guard your Medicare and Social Security numbers. Treat them like you would treat your credit cards.  Be suspicious of anyone who offers you free medical equipment or services and then requests your personal information.  If it’s free, they do not need your number!  Do not let anyone borrow or pay to use your Medicare ID card or your identity.  It’s illegal, and it’s not worth it!

For more information please visit www.medicare.gov/Coverage/ or call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048. The U.S. Embassy’s American Citizen Services unit is also available by email at ACS.Managua@state.gov.

The U.S. Embassy in Managua is located at Km 5 ½ C. Sur Managua, Nicaragua.  The U.S. Embassy in Managua can be reached during regular business hours at 011-505-2252-7100.  The American Citizen Services unit is also available by email at ACS.Managua@state.gov 

General information regarding consular services is available by calling 011-505-2252-7104.  Routine services such as passports and notarial services require an appointment; you can schedule an appointment online. In case of an emergency please call 2252-7100.

For the latest security information, Americans traveling abroad should regularly monitor the U.S. Embassy’s website and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs’ website, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information can be found. The U.S. Embassy also encourages U.S. citizens to review “A Safe Trip Abroad“, which includes valuable security information for those both living and traveling abroad.  In addition to information on the Internet, travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. and Canada, or outside the U.S. and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.