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!

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