Tips for Medicare Beneficiaries
To help protect your identity, your Medicare card no longer carries your Social Security number. Your Medicare number – which is unique to you – should be closely monitored and never shared with anyone who contacts you unexpectedly by phone, email, text or in person, unless you have it. contacted first and you have given them permission to contact you.
If someone calls you and asks for information or money or threatens to cancel your benefits, report it immediately at 800-633-4227 (800-MEDICARE).
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services say you will need your Medicare card information to join a Medicare health or drug plan or purchase Medicare supplemental insurance (Medigap), so keep your Medicare card in a safe place.
If you have the original health insurance:
Carry your health card with you when you are away from home. Show your health card to your doctor, hospital, or other health care provider when you get services. If you have a drug plan or supplemental coverage, take this plan card with you as well.
If you are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan or another Medicare health plan:
You will be using your plan’s card for services, not your Medicare card. Therefore, keep your Medicare card in a safe place in case you change plans or revert back to original Medicare later.