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July 2012 Question:
I lost my Medicare card. How can I get a new one?
Once you join Medicare, Social Security will send you a red, white, and blue Medicare card in the mail. Your Medicare card will show:
- Your Medicare number (usually the same or very similar to your Social Security number),
- When your coverage starts, and
- What parts of Medicare you have (Parts A and/or B).
Important: Your Medicare card will not show if you have Part C or D coverage with a private plan. If you sign up for a private Medicare Advantage plan or a drug plan, the plan will mail you a separate membership card.
Keep your Medicare card safe and bring it (along with any Part C or Part D card) with you to the doctor or the pharmacy. You will need to let them know what coverage you have.
If you lose your Medicare card, you can ask for a new one from Social Security either online or by telephone:
- Visit the Medicare Replacement Card section of Social Security's website, or
- Call Social Security hotline at 1-800-772-1213
(TTY users, call 1-800-325-0778).
Social Security will mail you a new card in about 30 days. The card will be mailed to the address that Social Security has on record, so be sure they have your current address.
Note: If you need proof right away that you have Medicare, contact your local Social Security Office or call the toll-free number at 1-800-772-1213. The people there can assist you with getting a new card. And, they can give you proof that you can use until you get your replacement card.
If you have a problem getting or using a card from a Medicare Advantage plan or drug plan, contact your plan directly or get personal help.
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