How do you replace a Medicare card?


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Individuals can request a replacement Medicare card by completing the online form on the Social Security website, calling Social Security at 1-800-772-1213, or visiting the nearest Social Security Administration office, advises the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Replacement cards are mailed within 30 days.

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When requesting a replacement card online, individuals must provide their full name, Social Security number, date of birth, phone number, and the date and amount of most recent benefit payment received, if applicable, states the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The replacement card is mailed to the address on file with the Social Security Administration. If the individual has moved, they must complete a change of address by calling 1-800-772-1213 or visiting a local office, advises the Social Security Administration.

If an individual has a HMO or PPO Medicare Advantage plan, he must contact the plan carrier to request the replacement card. Individuals who receive Medicare through the Railroad Retirement Board can request a replacement card by calling 800-833-4455, states Medicare Interactive.

If the individual needs a replacement card because the original was stolen or lost, he should monitor his Medicare statements to ensure that no one else used his card. If Medicare Fraud is suspected, the individual should report it to the Inspector General's hotline by calling 800-HHS-TIPS, states Medicare Interactive.

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