What Card to Show When

When using your Medicare benefits, you should generally show your Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) red, white, and blue card. This card contains your Medicare number and is typically used when you visit healthcare providers who accept Medicare assignment. However, it’s essential to note that there are different types of Medicare cards, such as Medicare Advantage (Part C) and Medicare Prescription Drug (Part D) cards, which you may also have if you’ve enrolled in those specific plans.

Here’s a general guideline for when to show each card:

  1. Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) Card: Show this card when you visit doctors, hospitals, and other healthcare providers who accept Original Medicare. It covers your hospital and medical insurance.

  2. Medicare Advantage (Part C) Card: If you’ve enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan, you’ll typically receive a card from your plan provider. Show this card when you visit healthcare providers within your plan’s network. Medicare Advantage plans often include prescription drug coverage and may also cover other benefits like dental and vision care.

  3. Medicare Prescription Drug (Part D) Card: If you have a standalone Medicare Prescription Drug Plan, you’ll receive a separate card for Part D coverage. Show this card when you pick up prescription medications at the pharmacy.

Always carry your relevant Medicare cards with you and present them as necessary to ensure that your healthcare providers can bill Medicare or your Medicare Advantage plan appropriately for the services you receive.

We do not offer every plan available in your area. Currently we represent 6 organizations that offer 46 products in your area. Please contact Medicare.gov, 1-800-MEDICARE, or your local State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) to get information on all of your options.