Did you know that medical issues are the leading cause of bankruptcy in the U.S.? For 66.5 percent of all bankruptcies, medical expenses or time off work are the biggest contributors to the situation.
Importance of the Medical ID Number
It’s safe to say that health insurance is essential. And better the bare minimum than none at all. So, the last thing you need to happen is to lose your medical ID number, which is usually given by the health insurer to uniquely identify you.
Some people refer to the number as the policy number. Without it, healthcare service providers and staff cannot verify your coverage.
As a result, you may end up losing priority when you need care most. In addition, it lets your medical service provider know how much you should pay. Without it, you could end up being billed what your insurer should pay for. And getting refunded may take a while.
For those reasons, you need to learn how to find your medical ID number if you don’t know how to read it, misplace your card or the card gets stolen.
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Find Out Your Medical ID Number
Finding your medical identification number depends on whether you have your health insurance card or not. Below are the two primary ways of obtaining the necessary information.
Getting the ID from the Card
Your health insurance card will also contain several numbers on it. That includes plans associated with insurers you got via the Healthcare Marketplace. Your medical ID number is one of those crucial numbers. Others include your insurer’s contact numbers, your costs, group number, etc.
Typically, your ID number will be found on the front of your card, just under the health insurance company’s name – near the top – and somewhere near your name. So, if you have the health insurance card in your possession, it’s easy to determine what the medical ID number is.
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Getting the ID from Your Health Insurer
If you misplace or lose your health insurance card, you will need to get the medical ID number from the health insurance company. And that means contacting them somehow.
Below are tips you can use.
- You can reach out to your health insurer by phone, in person or online. And if your health insurance is offered by your employer, the number may be available via your HR department.
- Once you contact the health insurance company offline, online or in person, explain your issue. And follow the instructions they give you on how to confirm your medical ID number and get a new card.
- You may have to upload other personal identification documents, such as your driver’s license, work ID or Social Security number to confirm your identity. So, be prepared for that.
Once you offer all the required information, all you have to do is to wait for them to send you the relevant medical ID information.
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Getting a replacement health insurance card may take a while though. So, that is something you should think about when you are in a hurry. And it is precisely for that reason that you should find your insurance information as soon as you realize that you don’t have what you need.
- CNBC: This is the real reason most Americans file for bankruptcy
- CDC.Gov: Health Insurance Coverage
- CNBC: 32% of American workers have medical debt—and over half have defaulted on it
- CDPHP: Understanding Your Health Insurance ID Card
- Insurance Providers: What is my health insurance policy number?
- FairHealthConsumer.Gov: Sample Health Insurance ID Card
- FairHealthConsumer.Gov: Your Costs
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