You open your wallet at the doctor’s office only to find that your Medicare card is nowhere to be found. After the initial panic fades, you may ask yourself, “How do I get a replacement Medicare card?”
This guide walks you through four easy ways you can request a new Medicare card (your red, white and blue Medicare card) online, by phone or in person.
If you need to request a replacement Medicare card, you can do so by following one of these simple steps:
A replacement Medicare card can take up to 30 days to arrive in the mail when requested online or over the phone. If you wish, you can request a letter from the Social Security Administration that may be used as proof of Medicare coverage until your new card arrives. This letter should arrive in approximately 10 days.
If you need immediate proof of coverage to see a doctor or to fill a prescription, you can visit a Social Security Office in person.
Remember, the new Medicare cards that were mailed to all Medicare beneficiaries in 2018 do not contain your Social Security number. This means that there is less risk for identity theft if you lose your new Medicare card than if you were to lose your old card that displays your Social Security number.
If you belong to a Medicare Advantage plan (Medicare Part C) or a Medicare Supplement Insurance plan (Medigap) and have lost your membership card for that plan, you will need to contact your plan provider directly in order to obtain a new card.
If you lost your Medicare card and already ordered a replacement, it's important to make sure that Medicare fraud doesn't happen in your name.
Check your Medicare Summary Notice on Medicare.gov to make sure that no claims are made that you don't recognize. If any unrecognized charges do occur, you can report them via the Inspector General's fraud hotline, at 1-800-447-8477.
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