Do you know how to find your Medicare number? Or maybe you’re not even sure you have a Medicare number? If that’s’ you, we’re here to help. In today’s article, we’re going to first teach you how to get a Medicare number, then share a simple, step-by-step process you can use to access your Medicare number. 

How to Get a Medicare Number?

There are two different ways you get a Medicare number. First, if you've applied for Social Security and you're receiving Social Security benefits, you will automatically be enrolled in Medicare when you turn 65. In fact, your Medicare card will show up in the mail roughly 100 days prior to your birth month. Now if for some reason you didn’t receive your Medicare card in the mail (maybe it got lost or you accidentally threw it away), you can still access your Medicare number by following the simple process we’re going to show you in just a moment.  

The other way to get a Medicare number is by self-enrolling. If you are not on Social Security (meaning you're delaying taking Social Security, but are going to take Medicare at 65), you will not be automatically enrolled in Medicare. You’ll have to self enroll. 

You can easily do this by going to SSA.gov and completing the self-enrollment process. It should only take about 20 minutes. Once you’ve self-enrolled, you’ll receive your Medicare card within about four weeks. If you need to access your Medicare number before your card shows up in the mail, follow the process we outline below. Keep in mind, you’ll have to wait around 7 to 10 days after enrolling to access your Medicare number. 

How to Find Your Medicare Number

Step 1: Go to SSA.gov → Click Sign In/Up

Start by typing SSA.gov into the search bar of your internet search engine. Once you’re on the main page, click on the “Sign In/Up” button in the top right corner. Once you click that button, it's going to take you to a second screen where you’ll have a few different options. 

Step 2: Click On “mySocial Security” Box

Click on the “my Social Security” box. This will take you to the next screen where you’ll have the option to either sign in (if you already created an account) or create a new account. 

Step 3: Sign In (or create a new account)

If you’ve already created an account, type in your username and password. The username is never case sensitive, but the password is. Your password has to be at least 8 characters, contain a capital letter, small letter, one number, and one symbol to be approved. 

If you don't have a username and password, you’ll have to create a new account. The process of creating an account shouldn’t take you more than 15 to 20 minutes. Once you’ve created your account, you’ll be able to sign in, which will take you to the next screen. 

Step 4: Verify Your Identity via Email or Text

Once you’ve signed in/created an account, they’ll ask you to verify your identity. They’ll do this by sending you a code via email or text message. You select which method you prefer, enter your email or phone number, and wait for them to send you the code. 

Step 5: Enter the Security Code

You should receive the security code in about 20 seconds to two minutes. Once you get the code from Medicare, enter the 8-digit number into the verification bar. The code is only good for 10 minutes, so make sure to type it into the verification bar right away. After you’ve typed it in, click “Submit.”

Step 6: Agree to Terms of Service

Now you’ll be asked to agree to the terms of service. Take a minute to scan what you’re agreeing to, then select the “Terms of Service” box and click “Next.”

Step 7: Click Replacement Documents

This next step is the most important part, so stay with us. Over on the far right side, you'll see several different options. Click on the “Replacement Document” option. This will take you to the next screen. 

Step 8: Click Benefit Verification Letter

This screen displays several options for you to select. You’ll see near the bottom a “Mail my Replacement Medicare Card” option. If you’ve lost your Medicare card, click on that link. If your card is still coming in the mail and you just want to access your Medicare number, click instead on the text that says “get a Benefit Verification Letter.” 

At this point, make sure your device’s pop-ups are allowed. If not, you won’t be able to see your Medicare number. 

Step 9: Scroll Down the Pop-Up to See Your Medicare Number & Effective Date

Once you’ve clicked on the “get a Benefit Verification Letter” link, a pop-up will appear on the screen. Scroll down to see your Medicare claim number (it is a series of 11 random letters and numbers) as well as other Medicare information like what benefits you’re entitled to and when these benefits begin. 

Conclusion

If you lost your Medicare card or haven’t received it in the mail yet, you can easily access your Medicare claim number by following the steps outlined above. 

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