Medicare Benefits period is period in which you are covered with Original Medicare. Inpatient hospital and skilled nursing services are covered in Original Medicare. It starts when you go to the hospital or avail skilled nursing services. Starting from the first day of service taken till the end of the 60 days after the services is discontinued. New benefit period starts when you have to again avail the hospital or skilled nursing services. You have to pay deductible for every benefit period. You can take benefits several times without any limit as per your needs.
Medicare card is red, white and blue card which comes to you three months before your 65th birthday if you are availing Social Security benefits. It shows that you are enrolled in Medicare.
If you have lost your Medicare card you apply for the new Medicare card online on the website www.socialsecurity.gov.
You will receive your new Medicare card within 30 days by mail. If you need the Medicare card urgently within 10 days you can apply mentioning the reason to the social security office or on the above website. The new Medicare card is sent to the address which is registered with the Social security office. If you have changed your residence you need to inform the social security office immediately.
Medicare identification number is the social security number followed by the code given by Social security office when you apply for the Medicare. This number and code is seen on the Medicare card. When you are enrolled in Medicare and need to claim for the Medicare services this number is used as claim number.