Replacement Medicare cards are a hot topic this year. That’s because your old Medicare cards are being replaced this year with new cards that do not include your Social Security number. It’s a great thing that will help to prevent much identify theft.
However, it’s also very common for Medicare cards to become damaged or lost or stolen. We recommend that you make a copy of your Medicare card and keep it in a safe place with your financial documents. You’ll at least have the copy in the event that you lose your original card.
Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to replace your Medicare card as well.
Get a Replacement Medicare Card Online
People are busy and often the last thing they want to do is go in person to the Social Security office. The good news is that you don’t have to. You can create a “my Social Security” account at the Social Security website. Once you’ve created your account, just login and visit the replacement documents tab. You’ll find an option there to ask them to mail you a replacement card.
It’s likely that the site will ask you for your:
- legal name as it appears on your Medicare card
- Social Security number
- date of birth
- address to confirm where they will be mailing the new card
- contact information in case they need to reach you back
Be aware that your new card may not arrive right away. It can take up to 30 days. Be sure that you also check that Social Security has the right home address on file for you, because that is where your card will be sent.
Railroad retirees: you should contact the Railroad Retirement Board to request a Medicare card replacement. The time frame for delivery is the same.
Get a Medicare Card Replacement in Person
If you prefer to handle things in person, you certainly can. Just visit your nearest Social Security office. Be aware that some locations may have long lines of people needing help. Take a good book or magazine to entertain you while you wait.
Medicare Card Fraud: What to Watch For
If you’ve requested a new Medicare card because your card was stolen, you need to watch out for Medicare fraud. It’s possible that someone may use your card to try to obtain medical services in your name. It’s also possible they may try to use your information to set up new credit cards or bank accounts.
Review your Medicare Summary Notices that come in the mail. Be sure that each notice shows only medical services that you actually received yourself. If you find something that shouldn’t be there, report it. You can contact the Senior Medicare Patrol for help. You can also call the Inspector General fraud hotline at 1-800-447-8477.
Great News about Your Medicare Card
Once all Medicare beneficiaries have received their new Medicare cards with the unique number that is different from your Social Security number, Medicare card replacement will get even easier. You’ll be able to print your own!
Did you know that clients of Boomer Benefits just call us whenever they have questions like this one about how to replace your Medicare card?
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