Receiving your Medicare Card
To show proof of coverage through Medicare you will need your “Medicare Card”. This card will be sent to you 3 months prior to turning 65 if you are receiving Social Security benefits. However, if you are not receiving Social Security benefits but are eligible you will be required to contact the Social Security office to sign up for Medicare.
What is on my Medicare Card?
Signing up for Medicare
If you are already receiving Social Security retirement, disability benefits, or railroad retirement checks, you will be contacted a few months before you become eligible for Medicare and given the information you need. If you live in the US you will be enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B automatically. However, because you must pay a premium for Part B coverage, you have the option of turning it down.
If you are not already receiving retirement benefits you should contact Social Security about three months before your 65th birthday to sign up for Medicare. You can sign up for Medicare even if you do not plan to retire at age 65.
Once you are enrolled in Medicare, you will receive the “Medicare Card” which is red, white and blue. Keep this card in a safe place so it will be there when you need it. If you ever lose it or it is stolen you can call Social Security to order a new one or you can visit www.socialsecurity.gov/medicarecard.