What if I need to fill a prescription before I get my Medicare drug plan membership card?
You can take any of the following to the pharmacy as proof of membership in your Medicare drug plan:
An acknowledgement or confirmation letter from the plan
A welcome letter from the plan
An enrollment confirmation number that you got from the plan, and the name and telephone number of the plan
If you enroll early in the month, there is a better chance you will have your membership materials when your coverage starts.
If you don't have any of the 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 reimbursed.
Enroll early in the month. This gives the Medicare drug plan time to mail you important information like your membership card, acknowledgment letter, and welcome package 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.
(Primary Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services - Medicare and You Handbook. This content may have been enhanced by Q1Group LLC to include further examples, explanations, and links.)
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