What if I need to fill a prescription before I get a membership card?
If you need to fill a prescription and you haven’t received a membership card yet, call the plan you joined for help. You can take any of the following to the pharmacy as proof of membership in your Medicare drug plan:
- An acknowledgement, confirmation, or welcome letter from the plan
- An enrollment confirmation number that you got from the plan, and the name and telephone number of the plan
You should also bring your Medicare and/or Medicaid
card and a photo ID. If you don’t have any of the items above, and your pharmacist can’t get your drug plan information any other way, you may have to pay out-of-pocket for your prescriptions. If you do, save the receipts and contact your plan to get back some of the cost.
Enroll early in the month. This gives the Medicare drug plan time to mail you important information, like your membership card, before your coverage becomes effective. This way, even if you go to the pharmacy on your first day of coverage, you can get your prescriptions filled without delay.