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How do you get your Medicare number?

Just the essentials...
  • Your Medicare number can be found on your Medicare card
  • You can also find it on a lot of the paperwork you receive from the Social Security Administration or contact your local Medicare or SSA office
  • Your Medicare number is typically made up of your social security number along with other identifying numbers or letters and is therefore not always easy to look up
  • You will receive your Medicare card mailed to you

Where can I find my Medicare number?

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Your Medicare number is located on your red, white, and blue Medicare card. It should also be listed somewhere on the paperwork and documentation that you receive in the mail from the Social Security Administration office and Medicare.

Additionally, you should be able to go to your local Social Security Administration or Medicare office or by calling Medicare and properly establishing your identity.

Due to the fact that your Medicare number typically contains your social security number, this number is not easily given out.

When will I receive my Medicare card?

If you were automatically enrolled in Medicare, your Medicare card will be mailed to you either three months before your 65th birthday or just before you reach your 25th month of receiving disability benefits. If you were not automatically enrolled, it will be mailed to you shortly after you do enroll.

What else is on my Medicare card?

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In addition to your Medicare number, there is a lot of important information also listed on your Medicare card. It states your name and sex. The card will also list if you have Part A coverage, which is hospital insurance, and Part B, which is coverage for medical visits and supplies. Additionally, it shows the date your coverage became active. You are also required to sign your card.

What do I need my Medicare number and card for?

It is important to bring your Medicare card to any doctor’s office visits or trips to the hospital, as well as to any healthcare provider, in general. Your medicare number is used to identify you as a beneficiary and for billing purposes.

What do I do if I lose my Medicare card?

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If you lose your Medicare card, you can get a replacement card mailed to you. There are several ways that you can request a replacement card. You can go online and use your my Social Security account. If you are a Medicare beneficiary, you can set up an account even if you do not receive social security benefits.

After you have logged in to your account or created a new one, you can select the “Replacement Documents” tab on the website and then click on “Mail replacement Medicare card.”

If you do not wish to use the online service or create an account, there are other ways to request a replacement card. You can call the Medicare number or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services during weekday business hours, or you can call or stop by your local Social Security office — find yours here.

Your Medicare card should arrive in the mail 30 days after your request for a new one was received. The Social Security office will mail this card to the address you have listed on file, so it is important to have the proper address listed with Social Security and keep them updated with any changes to your address or personal information. You can change your address on your my Social Security account.

If you need proof that you are a Medicare beneficiary to show to your healthcare provider or for another reason, it is possible to request a letter of proof from Social Security. This letter will usually arrive within 10 days of your request, as opposed to the 30 days needed to send you a new card.

If you need to have proof of your Medicare status even sooner than that, you can walk into your local Social Security or Medicare office and they should be able to assist you in obtaining immediate proof.

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