How do I show proof of my Medicare coverage?
Once you join Medicare, Social Security will send you a red, white, and blue Medicare card in the mail. It will look like the card below. The card will tell you the date your benefits start.
If you decide to keep Medicare Parts A and B, sign the card. Then take it with you to your next doctor visit. Let your doctor know you are now on Medicare.
Note: Your Medicare number is usually the same as or very similar to your Social Security number. Be sure to keep your card and number safe. Do not share them with anyone except your doctors.
What will my Medicare card look like?
Your Medicare card will show:
- Your Medicare number
- When your coverage starts
- What parts of Medicare you have (Parts A and/or B).
Note: Your Medicare card will not show if you have Part C or D coverage with a private plan. If you sign up for a Medicare Advantage plan or a drug plan, the plan will mail you a membership card. Keep these cards safe and bring them, along with your Medicare card, with you to the doctor or the pharmacy. You will need to let your providers know which drug plan or Medicare Advantage plan 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 Card Replacement section of Social Security's website, or
- Call Social Security's 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. If you need proof sooner, just let Social Security know.They can give you proof that you can use until you get a replacement card.
If you have a problem getting or using a card from a Medicare Advantage plan or drug plan, contact your plan or get personal help.