Receiving your Medicare card is a rite of passage. It shows your entitlement to Medicare Part A (hospital) and Part B services (medical).
If you are receiving your social security retirement benefits you will automatically be mailed your red, white and blue card three months before your 65th birthday or your 25th month of receiving Social Security disability benefits. Your Medicare card will show your Medicare claim number (prior to April 2018 this would have been your or your spouse’s social security number), and Part A and/or Part B effective date.
To prevent Medicare fraud and potential identity theft, please keep your Medicare card in a safe place unless you are having medical services provided.
New Medicare Card:
The New Medicare cards will start arriving April 2018 in mailboxes– the final batch will be mailed in April 2019. Once your new card arrives, you can start using it immediately, and destroy the old one.
If you are enrolled into a Medicare Advantage Plan you will not need to show your Medicare card to medical providers, put it a safe place.
Replacing your Medicare Card:
If you lose your Medicare card you can request a new one by calling 1-800-Medicare.
Changing your address:
If you have moved please call 1-800-Medicare to update your address, your new Medicare card, as well as any other correspondence, will be sent to the most recent address on file.
Your red, white and blue card is a very important card, it shows your entitlement to Medicare benefits. It is important that you keep it in a safe place and notify Medicare if you have misplaced it.