How Do I Get a Medicare Card
Why do I need a Medicare card?
You Medicare card shows that you have Medicare health insurance. You may need to present your Medicare card at hospitals or doctor offices to receive Medicare-covered services.
How do I get a Medicare card?
You can automatically get your Medicare card when you are enrolled in Medicare. Learn more about Medicare enrollment.
If you qualify for Medicare through age, you will receive your Medicare card in the mail 3 months before your 65th birthday.
If you qualify for Medicare through disability, you will receive your card in the mail 3 months before your 25th month of getting disability benefits.
If you qualify for Medicare through ALS (Lou Gehirg’s disease) there is no waiting period for Medicare coverage like there is for other disabilities. You can get you Medicare card the same month your disability benefits begin.
To be sure you receive your card, make sure address is updated with Social Security. If your card is late and you are worried it was lost or sent to the wrong address, you can contact Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in all time zones.
What does a Medicare card look like?
- Your Medicare card is red, white and blue
- Your Medicare card will include your name and your Medicare number, which is unique to you. New Medicare cards do not have your Social Security number
- Your Medicare card will show if you Medicare Part A, Medicare Part B, or both
- Your Medicare card will not show if you have Medicare Advantage plan, Medicare Supplement Insurance plan, or Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan. You may get separate cards from the private insurance companies that administer these plans. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recommends that if you have Medicare Advantage plan you carry both your Medicare Advantage plan card and your Medicare card in case you asked to show them.
- Your Medicare card will show the date your coverage starts.
What should I do if I lose my Medicare Card?
If you need a replacement Medicare card, you can get one through the Social Security Administration or the Railroad Retirement Board.
- Request a replacement Medicare card online through your My Social Security account. If you don’t have an account, you can create one here. If you’ve recently moved or changed your name, you can also update the information Medicare has on file for you through your account.
- Call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY users, call 1-800-325-0778), Monday through Friday, from 7AM to 7PM in all time zones.
- Visit your local Social Security office.
- If you worked for a railroad, request a replacement card through the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB); you can request a replacement Medicare card online. You can also call the RRB at 1-877-772-5772 (TTY users, call 1-312-751-4701), Monday through Friday, 9AM to 3:30PM in all time zones.
Learn more about how to request a replacement Medicare card.