Here, we will discuss what qualifies people for Medicare Enrollment.
Your red, white and blue Medicare card is proof that you are enrolled in Original Medicare (Parts A and B). It is the most important piece of identification that you own as a Medicare beneficiary, and you will generally need your Medicare card in order to receive Medicare-covered services.
Not all beneficiaries are automatically enrolled in Medicare. If you are not yet receiving retirement benefits, and you are close to 65, you will need to apply for Medicare Part A and/or Part B during your Initial Enrollment Period (which begins three months before your 65th birthday). You can apply...
- Online through theSocial Security website.
- By calling Social Security toll-free at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY users 1-800-325-0778), Monday through Friday, from 7AM to 7PM. If you worked at a railroad, call the Railroad Retirement Board at 1-877-772-5772 (TTY users 1-312-751-4701), Monday through Friday, from 8AM to 3:30PM.
- By visiting your local Social Security office.
Remember these important rules for handling your Medicare card:
- Some doctors, labs, pharmacies, or other health care providers may require you to bring your Medicare card each time you receive a service. However for safety, you may wish to leave your Medicare card at home in a safe place at other times.
- If you recently received an updated Medicare card or replacement, make sure your doctor has the updated card on file.
- Never share your Medicare card or your Medicare ID number with anyone except your doctor or health care provider. If you are married, your spouse should have a separate Medicare card and number. Protect your Medicare card, and always keep it in a safe place.
- Have your Medicare card handy whenever you call Medicare with questions.
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