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Understanding Your Medicare Card

Once you are enrolled in Medicare, you will receive your Medicare card which you will need to take with you to all medical and health services appointments. Below are detailed instructions on what you should do once you receive your Medicare card and if you lose your Medicare card.

Medicare Card

Once enrolled in Medicare, Social Security will send a red, white and blue Medicare card in the mail. If you are automatically enrolled, your Medicare card will be mailed 3 months before your 65th birthday or the 25th month of getting disability benefits.

The Medicare card shows that you have Medicare health insurance, whether it is Part A, Part B, or both. The card will also show the day your coverage starts. The card will also show your Medicare Number is unique to you. Your doctors, pharmacists, and other health care providers will ask you to provide this number. In previous versions of the Medicare card it was the same as your Social Security Number. This helps to protect your identity.

If you signed up for other plans such as Part C (Medicare Advantage), Part D (prescription drug)/Medigap plan, or Medicaid, you will provide that card to your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care providers.

Lost Medicare Card

If you lose your Medicare card, a new one can be requested either online or by telephone:

  • Request a replacement card on your account on mymedicare.gov; or

  • Request a replacement card on my Social Security account, or

  • Call Social Security‚Äôs hotline at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY users, call 1-800-325-0778).

Social Security will mail a new card in about 30 days. If proof is needed sooner, let Social Security know and they can provide support until a replacement card is issued.

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