Medicare Card Replacement

Steven Mott by Steven Mott | Licensed since 2012

This article was updated on: 06/11/2019

If you ever lose your Medicare card – whether it’s stolen or lost – there’s a way to get a replacement Medicare card.

You might need to show your Medicare card when you visit a doctor or hospital. But don’t give out your Medicare number to anyone who doesn’t have a need to know. Medicare will never call you and ask for this information (unless you request it). So watch out for phone scammers.

I need a replacement Medicare card. What should I do?

To get a replacement Medicare card, you can do any of these:

  • Call Medicare. You can reach a representative 7 days a week, 24 hours a day (except holidays) at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048.
  • Contact the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213. TTY users can call 1-800-325-0778. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, from 7 AM to 7 PM (all U.S. time zones).
  • Set up a personal account at myMedicare.gov, if you haven’t already. Sign into your account and follow the steps to print your Medicare replacement card.
  • Set up a personal “my Social Security” account at ssa.gov, if you haven’t already. Sign into your account and follow the steps to print your Medicare replacement card.

A note about Medicare replacement cards and the new Medicare card

Have you received a new Medicare card in the mail? You should have received it by now. The new Medicare cards no longer have your Social Security number as part of your Medicare number. Instead, to protect your personal information, you have a personal Medicare number that’s unique to you.

If you haven’t received your new Medicare card, follow any of the steps outlined above.

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