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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.
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.
If you need a replacement Medicare card, you can get one through the Social Security Administration or the Railroad Retirement Board.
Learn more about how to request a replacement Medicare card.
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