Have you received your new Medicare card yet? Get the facts here –
1. Mailing takes time – yours may arrive at a different time from your neighbor;
2. Destroy your old Medicare card – start using your new card right away;
3. Guard your card – only give your new card to doctors, pharmacists and the like;
4. Your Medicare number is unique – just like you! No more Social Security number on the card;
5. Your new card is paper – and you can print a new one if you need to;
6. Keep your new card with you – carry for convenience;
7. Your doctor knows it’s coming – and will ask to see it;
8. You can find your number – forget your card? Your doctor may be able to look online;
9. Keep your Medicare Advantage card – in an Advantage plan? Use the Plan ID card;
10. Questions? Cards arriving by April 2019 – call 1-800-MEDICARE with questions.
taken from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid January 2018
Question for the month? From our reader “Sam”: I’m turning 65 soon and plan to keep on working. I like my job and they offer pretty good benefits that I don’t have to pay for. My golf buddy says I have to get Part B, but I don’t want to have to pay the extra cost. What should I do?
Answer: Sam – check with your Human Resources Department. Generally speaking, if your current employer has more than 20 FT employees & offer health benefits to you, then you don’t need to sign up for Medicare Part B; when you do decide to retire, you’ll have 8 months to enroll in Part B penalty free. Enjoy the money you save on Part B to play golf!
Call, click or come in today – you’ll be glad you did!