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What is my Medicare provider identification number?

Just the essentials...
  • Your Medicare provider identification number can be found on your Medicare card
  • It is typically your social security number followed by an identifying code
  • Due to the sensitive nature of your Medicare number, it can be difficult to look up online
  • If you lose your Medicare card with your number on it, you can request that the Social Security Administration replace it
  • It is used for billing and identification purposes

What is my Medicare provider identification number?

Your Medicare provider number is used for billing and identification purposes and typically consists of your social security number followed by a code of letters and sometimes numbers that have a specific meaning.

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What do the codes following my social security number mean?

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There are numerous codes that might follow your Social Security Number and they all have different meanings. The most common letters to find on your card following your social security number are A and B. If you have A on your card, it means that you are the primary beneficiary and earned Medicare insurance based on your working history and tax credits.

If you have a B following your social security number, you are registered with Medicare as the spouse of a retired worker.

There are several variations to the B code. If you have B1 on your card, you are an aged husband at age 62 or over. B2 is for a young wife with a child in her care, B3 is for an aged wife over the age of 62 who is a second claimant, and B5 is also a second claimant wife, but they are under the age of 62 and have a child in their care.

B6 represents a divorced wife over the age of 62 and BY is for a young husband with a child in his care.

Codes C1-C9 represent children who may be minors, students, or disabled. A “D” follows your social security number if you are some variation of an aged window over the age of 60 or a surviving divorced wife over the age of 60. The “E” code is for a widowed mother, while E1 is a surviving divorced mother, E4 is a widowed father, and E5 is a surviving divorced father. “F” codes are for parents.

A “T” code is on the card of those who are enrolled in Medicare but are being temporarily delayed their Social Security Benefits or are uninsured.

”TA” is for Medicare qualified government employees, while ‘‘W’‘ is for a disabled widow, and ‘‘WA’‘ is for railroad retirement.

Where is this number located?

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This number is located on your Medicare card. It is also on most of the documentation you receive from Medicare or the Social Security Administration. You can also visit your local Social Security Administration office or call your Medicare provider to get your number.

If you are automatically enrolled in Medicare, you will receive your card in the mail three months before your 65th birthday or before the 25th month you receive your disability benefits.

There is additional information located on your Medicare card that is important to you and your provider. This includes your name and sex. Additionally, it states whether you have Medicare part A, which is hospital insurance, and Medicare part B, which is coverage for medical visits and supplies.

You are also required to sign your Medicare card.

What do I do if I lose my Medicare card with my number on it?

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If you lose your Medicare card, or if it is damaged or stolen, you can request a new one from the Social Security Administration. After your replacement request, the card will typically arrive in the mail in about 30 days.

Social Security will mail this card to the address they have on file for you, so it is important to keep your information with them updated.

You can update your address online using your ”my Social Security” account. If you need proof of your Medicare insurance sooner than the 30 days, Social Security can send you a letter stating your insurance status within 10 days and you can get proof immediately by visiting your local Social Security office.

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