Medicare cards verify your identity and eligibility to receive benefits when you get care. It’s important to keep this card in a safe place. With that being said, we tend to replace keys, wallets, and phones often — while telling ourselves never again! If you end up losing your Medicare card, you CAN get a replacement.
If you find that you’ve lost your Medicare card, you can request a new one online, through the portal that Social Security provides. It typically takes about a month for a new card to be sent in the mail, so anticipate around that time frame when you’re waiting for your replacement.
Medicare and Social Security
There’s a lot to learn when it comes to Medicare. One of the important things to understand is how Medicare and Social Security are related. Both of these are programs provided through the federal United States government. They’re intended to help those in retirement get access to the healthcare they need, at a more affordable price. There are multiple ways that these two programs are connected.
One of the most influential ways that these programs relate to one another is that Social Security can be used to determine Medicare eligibility. If you’re already receiving Social Security payments, then you’ll be automatically enrolled in Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) when you turn 65. Those that are automatically enrolled will receive a packet in the mail containing details about your new health insurance coverage. Keep this packet handy, as it includes information that you may want to refer back to in the future.
Explore Medicare Resources
If you’re new to Medicare, it’s important that you have access to needed resources. You have many options that you’re entitled to know about, from Advantage plans designed for veterans to supplemental insurance policies that offer comprehensive coverage. Additionally, there may be over a dozen insurance companies just in your local area. How do you know which product and carrier to choose?
The first step is to research and browse a site like the Medicare Sharks. It’s essential that you do more than just talk to your family, friends, and neighbors, because the right choice is an individual decision. The plan that works for someone else may not work for you.
If you’re in the process of selecting your plan, then it can be incredibly helpful to go online and take a look at various different resources.
Selecting the right plan can be challenging, especially if you have a complex medical situation. There are a lot of options out there and it’s essential that you pick the right one so that you can maximize your coverage. If you’re feeling confused about which option is right for you, then you can contact an agent who specializes in Medicare.
Whether you’ve lost your Medicare card or have questions about enrollment, we’re here to help. Mangini Family Insurance thoroughly understands Medicare, and we’ll inform you of your options before making a decision.
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