5 things to know when getting Medicare cards

Changes have been made to Medicare cards

By Keith Dunlap - Graham Media Group

Are you waiting with anticipation to receive your new Medicare card? If so, keep in mind these five things to know, according to mymedicarematters.org

1.) If you haven't received a Medicare card now, you should before April 2019. Make sure your address is up to date because Medicare will be sending it to the location associated with your Social Security account. To update your address information, contact Social Security at 800-772-1213 or go online.

2.) New cards will no longer include Social Security numbers. It will include your name, new Medicare number, and the dates your Medicare Part A and Part B coverage started.

3.) Start using your new Medicare card once you receive it. Destroy the old one immediately, since it contains your Social Security number. If you happen to lose or misplace a card, you can get a replacement, but you can also can access your new Medicare number on a Medicare Summary Notice or through Medicare.

4.) Keep your Medicare Advantage, Part D prescription, and/or Medigap. Continue using your health or drug plan’s card when you get health care or fill a prescription, but know you will also get the new Original Medicare card.

5.) The Railroad Retirement Board will issue new cards to Railroad Retirement beneficiaries.

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