Your Medicare card provides proof of insurance for doctor visits, inpatient care, and more. If you are a Medicare beneficiary, this card is one of the most important healthcare documents you own. If it’s lost, stolen, or becomes damaged, you should order a Medicare card replacement as soon as possible.
If you are new to Medicare, when you receive your Medicare card varies.
Everyone else has to apply for Medicare. If you sign up during your Initial Enrollment Period (IEP), when you get your card depends on when you signed up. Generally, though, you should receive your Medicare card around two weeks after you enroll. It will be mailed to you along with your Welcome to Medicare packet.
You have two options to request a new Medicare card if yours is damaged, lost, or stolen. If you choose to order your new card from Medicare, first make sure the mailing address on file with the Social Security Administration (SSA) is correct.
Everyone should have a my Social Security account – even if you’re decades from retirement. All communications from Medicare and SSA go to the mailing address on file with Social Security. It is vital that information remains up-to-date. If you don’t have an account, you can create one here.
It takes around 30 days to receive your replacement Medicare card. If you need proof of insurance sooner, you may request it from either SSA or the RRB. It takes around 10 days to receive your proof of Medicare insurance letter.
You may also log into your mymedicare.gov account to print an official copy.
Like your Social Security card, your Medicare card contains valuable information for identity thieves. Make photocopies of these important documents:
In addition, make a list of important health information and phone numbers, such as doctor names and medications you take. Then, create a file with all of this information and store it in a safe place. This ensures you have quick, easy access to your healthcare data in the event of an emergency or a lost Medicare card.
To replace a Medicare Advantage or Part D prescription drug plan card, call your Medicare plan provider.
If someone steals your Medicare number, you’re at risk of Medicare fraud and/or identity theft.
Start by reviewing your Medicare Summary Notice. If it lists any services you did not receive, call the fraud hotline at Health and Human Services: 1-800-HHS-TIPS (447-8477).
You should also report the incident by calling 1-800-MEDICARE. Then, follow their instructions regarding next steps.
There is only one reason anyone from Medicare will ever call you: You asked someone from Medicare to call you. That’s it. All communications from Medicare are via U.S. mail. Nobody from Medicare (or Social Security) will ever call you out of the blue, threaten to cancel your benefits, demand money, or ask for personal information. If you ever receive such a call, hang up. Then call either Medicare or Social Security to file a report.
If you belong to a Medicare Advantage or Part D plan, someone from your insurance company may call you. However, they should not ask you for personal information. If you ever question the validity of a call, hang up. Then, simply call your insurance company. That way you know you are talking to a legitimate party.
Below are answers to the most frequently asked questions we receive about Medicare card replacement.
Your Medicare number is unique to you, similar to an account number. Previously, Medicare beneficiaries were identified by their Social Security number. To fight identity theft and Medicare fraud, each beneficiary received a new Medicare ID number and card.
If you lose your Medicare card, you may print a new one through your MyMedicare.gov account. However, if you believe your card was stolen or your ID number was compromised, you should report your lost card by calling 1-800-MEDICARE.
Everyone should have received their new Medicare card by now. The cards began arriving in the mail in April of 2018. The entire process was expected to take around 12 months.
If you have not received a new Medicare card, you likely need to update your mailing address with Social Security. As explained above, you do that via your my Social Security account.
Again, everyone should have received their new Medicare card already. However, if you’re new to the program, you may not realize that your current card is the new card.
As you can see in the image above, the new Medicare card has a blue banner at the top and red stripe across the bottom. It displays your name, Medicare number, and whether you’re entitled to Medicare Part A and/or Part B. It also lists your coverage start date for each part of Medicare.
Yes, you may print your Medicare card online. If you think you simply misplaced it and want to wait to order a duplicate Medicare card, you may choose to print one instead. However, please remember that thieves may steal your identity and commit fraud with your lost Medicare card. It’s always a good idea to report a lost or stolen Medicare card.
Chris Gasparini has been a licensed insurance agent since 2005. He enjoys helping Medicare beneficiaries navigate their options to find the best solution for their unique needs. Chris feels as though his work truly helps people. Because he represents multiple insurance companies and plan types, Chris is able to help Medicare beneficiaries find the best, most cost-effective plan. Every day, he leaves work knowing he did what was right for each and every client he serves.
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Last Updated 12/21/2018