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How can I get a new Medicare card if I lost the old one?

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Did you misplace your medicare card? By calling 1-800-633-4227 or entering your mymedicare.gov account, you can replace your original one.

If you lose or steal your white, red, and blue Original Medicare card, or if it becomes too faded or damaged to use, you may replace it by calling 1-800-MEDICARE (633-4227). By entering into your mymedicare.gov account, you can also request or print a replacement card.

If you receive Medicare health or prescription coverage through an Advantage Plan, such as an HMO, PPO, or PDP, contact your plan to replace your card.

If you receive Medicare through the Railroad Retirement Board, contact them to request a replacement. You will receive a new card in the mail within 30 days.

Your Social Security, Medicare, and other health insurance cards are critical pieces of documentation. Make a photocopy of your vital identification and insurance cards, write down any important numbers (such as your Medicare number), and keep everything in a safe location to have a record for future reference if anything goes missing.

Also, if you lost your Medicare card, keep an eye out for fraud. Examine your Medicare Summary Notice (MSN) for services you did not obtain, and report any that you find to the Inspector General’s fraud hotline at 800-HHS-TIPS (800-447-8477). Your local Senior Medicare Patrol can also assist you.

Five Things To Note

  1. Instead of your Social Security Number, your card has a Medicare Number that is unique to you. This aids in the protection of your identity.
  2. Your card is printed on paper, making it easier for various providers to use and replicate.
  3. If you are enrolled in Medicare Advantage Plan (such as an HMO or PPO), your Advantage Plan ID card is your primary Medicare card. You should preserve this card and use it whenever you require care. Also, if you have Medicare drug coverage, retain the card as well. Even if you use any of these other cards, you may be required to present your Medicare card. So it is advised to keep it on hand.
  4. Give your Medicare Number only to doctors, pharmacists, other health care professionals, your insurers, or others you trust to deal with Medicare on your behalf.
  5. If you lose or misplace your card, you, your doctor, or another health care professional may be able to search up your Medicare Number online.

Be wary of scammers

Medicare would never call you unexpectedly and ask for personal or private information.

Scammers may attempt to obtain sensitive information, such as your Medicare number. If someone asks you for personal information, money or threatens to cancel your health insurance if you do not provide it, hang up and call for help at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).

How can I get a replacement Medicare card?

If your card is damaged or lost, log into (or create) your protected account to print an authentic copy. You can also use your Medicare account to access your Medicare information at any time. Also, you can add prescription medicines to help you find and compare health and drug plans in your area. You can also do a variety of other things too.

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