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You’ll definitely want to take good care of your Medicare card – don’t lose track of it, and keep it in good condition. However, the Social Security Administration doesn’t recommend laminating important identification cards because the plastic coating may interfere with the card’s security features. You can buy a plastic ID card holder at a stationery store to protect your card.

If your Medicare card gets lost or damaged, you can contact the Social Security Administration to replace it by going to the agency’s website. Or, call the agency at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY users call 1-800-325-0778) Monday through Friday, from 7AM to 7PM. You can also go to your local Social Security office.

If you worked for a railroad and need a replacement Medicare card, contact the Railroad Retirement Board at 1-877-772-5772. TTY users call 1-312-751-4701. Monday through Friday, from 9AM to 3:30PM.

This website and its contents are for informational purposes only. Nothing on the website should ever be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. You should always consult with your medical provider regarding diagnosis or treatment for a health condition, including decisions about the correct medication for your condition, as well as prior to undertaking any specific exercise or dietary routine.


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