Your Online Resource for Medicare Insurance: Guiding you along the maze of Medicare

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.

Medicare Part A will be free for you as long as you have worked 40 quarters, but you will be charged a monthly premium for Medicare Part B unless you qualify for specific levels of Medicaid.

What is on my Medicare Card?

  1. Name
  2. Medicare Claim Number
  3. The Type of Coverage you have – Part A, Part B, or both
  4. The Date Coverage begins

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.

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