How To Replace Your Medicare Card Quick And Easy

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J.J. Starr is a health and finance writer with a background in banking, lending, and financial advising. She holds a Series 6, FINRA, and life insurance licensure and a master's degree from New York University. Through her writing, she strives to use her decade of experience to help consumers make sound financial choices. Connect with J.J. on LinkedIn.
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Updated October 29, 2021

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Lost your card? Card expired? Have no fear—getting a new card is a cinch!

Misplacing your Medicare card can be distressing: you need it every time you go to the doctor. But stuff happens. Cards get lost all the time, and though it can be a little annoying to get a replacement card, it’s a lot easier than you think. And remember: losing your card does not mean losing your Medicare benefits.

You have several options for replacing your card quickly. Plus, you’ll get a temporary card in the meantime. So breathe a sigh of relief, and let’s jump in.

Did you know that you can use the Insurify Medicare comparison tool to find the right Medicare plan for you? Start with your ZIP code, and you’ll be comparing plans in your area in just 60 seconds. Fast, easy, and confidential!

How to Replace Your Medicare Card

If you lost your Medicare card, have no fear. You haven’t lost your health insurance, and replacing your card is easy.

You can order your new card online by logging into your Social Security account. Simply visit the Social Security website, SSA.gov. Once you’ve logged in:

  1. 1. Click “Replacement Documents”

    1. Click “Mail My Replacement Medicare Card”

    2. Complete the instructions and send in your request.

Be sure to verify your mailing address before you send the card. You can also print an official copy of your Medicare card to use while you wait.

If you want to speak to a person, you can call in your request. Call phone number 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) or TTY users can call 1-877-486-2048. Follow the prompts when you call. The typical wait time is very short. And the customer service representatives are helpful and courteous.

Finally, if you want to order your card in person, you can. You’ll need to go to your local Social Security Administration office. Most are open Monday through Friday.

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How Long Does It Take to Get a New Medicare Card?

Once you’ve submitted your request, it typically takes 30 days to receive your new card in the mail. Until you receive your card, you can print a temporary card from your SSA account online. Or at MyMedicare.gov.

You can also save a digital copy of your Medicare card. You should also send it via email to your doctor’s office—if they accept a digital record.

Once you get your new card, be sure to store it in a safe place. Keep your Medicare things together. This includes your Medicare card, your Medicare Supplement card, and other medical-related information.

How Do I Change My Medicare Number?

Your Medicare number, also called a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier, is unique to you. It should be kept confidential. Concerned your Medicare number is no longer private? You can request to change your Medicare number. Please contact Medicare by phone or at your local Social Security office.

FAQ: Medicare Card Replacement

  • You don’t have to wait for your new Medicare insurance card. Your health care provider may already have your information on file if you’ve been there before. Your health care provider may be able to help you look up your Medicare number.

    And don’t forget that you can print a temporary card from your MyMedicare.gov account.

  • If you have Medicare Advantage, you will receive a Medicare Advantage plan ID. Just like the insurance plan card you had before Medicare. To replace your Medicare Advantage ID card, contact your insurance company. You can likely order your card online and even print a temporary copy.

    However, you still want to keep your Original Medicare card. You may need your card for health services and/or identification. If you drop Medicare Advantage, your Original Medicare card will become your primary health plan ID.

  • Your Medicare Part D plan is fulfilled by a private health insurance company. You should contact the health insurance company that services your prescription drug plan. Often you can replace your card quickly by filling out a form online or calling.

  • There are very few scenarios where Medicare would call you. Even if a Medicare representative calls you, they'll never ask for your personal information over the phone.

    Beware of scammers: Medicare fraud is very common. If you ever have any doubt that the person who has called you is truly from Medicare, just hang up. Then, call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) or TTY 1-877-486-2048 to report the incident.

  • Your Medicare number is a unique-to-you number. It is not the same as your Social Security number. You can find your Medicare number on your Medicare card just below your name. You can also find your card number by logging into your MyMedicare.gov account.

    Remember: protect your Medicare number. Only give it to your health care professionals. Beware of giving out your number over the phone or to someone you don’t know.

  • You can do so by logging into your My Social Security Account online. From your Overview page, scroll down to “Social Security Card Replacement.” Fill out the form and submit it online. Your new card should arrive in 7 to 12 days.

    You can also call Social Security at your local Social Security office. A representative there can help you find the best way to replace your Social Security card.

How do I Contact Medicare?

Medicare contact information:

Phone Number1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) or TTY 1-877-486-2048
Websitewww.medicare.gov
AddressMedicare Contact Center Operations
PO Box 1270
Lawrence, KS 66044

Conclusion: Losing Your Card Never Means Losing Medicare Coverage

Your Medicare card is important. It should be kept in a safe place (not your wallet). However, losing your card is not the end of the world. You are still eligible for your Medicare health benefits, and you won’t risk losing coverage. Just:

  • Order a new card in the way that best fits your needs

  • Get a temporary replacement

  • Take good care of your new card

And don’t forget that the Insurify Medicare comparison tool is always here to help you find the best Medicare plan at the best price. With just your ZIP code, you can uncover plan options and compare them side-by-side. Try it today!

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J.J. Starr is a health and finance writer with a background in banking, lending, and financial advising. She holds a Series 6, FINRA, and life insurance licensure and a master's degree from New York University. Through her writing, she strives to use her decade of experience to help consumers make sound financial choices. Connect with J.J. on LinkedIn.

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Edited by
John Leach
Insurance Content Editor at Insurify
John Leach is an insurance content editor who has worked in print and online. He has years of experience in car and home insurance and strives to make these topics easy to understand for everyone. He has a linguistics degree from UC Santa Barbara.