1. 3570 POINTS
    J Scott BurkePRO
    President, Newbury Inc., Evansville, Indiana
    If you are on Medicare and are currently covered by Medicare parts A & B then you should always have the card in your wallet. You need it anytime you go to the doctor or hospital. If you are covered by Medicare Part C (Medicare Advantage) you do not need to carry your Medicare card because your private health insurance company takes the place of Medicare.
    Answered on April 10, 2013
  2. 15986 POINTS
    Bob VineyardPRO
    Founder, Georgia Medicare Plans, Atlanta,GA
    For protection against medical identity theft, you should consider leaving your Medicare card at home.

    Instead, carry a copy of your Medicare card with you and blot out the last 4 digits of your Social Security Number. Leave your original Medicare card at home and carry the duplicate.

    You can read about Medicare identity theft and ways to protect yourself by reading the following article.

    Answered on April 15, 2013
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