What does the letter after my Medicare number mean?
Published on 2014-11-09 14:50:28
Category: General Medicare
We have been getting more questions from people asking what the letters mean in their Medicare Claim Number. Here is an explanation and chart of the letter meaning provided by the Social Security Administration:
The Social Security number followed by one of these codes is often referred to as a claim number. Social Security assigns these codes once you apply for benefits. These letter codes may appear on correspondence you receive from Social Security or on your Medicare card. They will never appear on a Social Security card.
For example, if the wage earner applying for benefits and your number is 123-45-6789, then your claim number is 123-45-6789A. This number will also be used as your Medicare claim number, once you are eligible for Medicare.
Primary claimant (wage earner) - the most common code
Spouse, Aged wife, age 62 or over
Aged husband, age 62 or over
Young wife, with a child in her care
Aged wife, age 62 or over, second claimant
Young wife, with a child in her care, second claimant
Divorced wife, age 62 or over
Young husband, with a child in his care
Child - Includes minor, student or disabled child
Aged Widow, age 60 or over
Aged widower, age 60 or over
Aged widow (2nd claimant)
Aged widower (2nd claimant)
Surviving Divorced Wife, age 60 or over
Surviving Divorced Mother
Surviving Divorced Father
Disabled claimant (wage earner)
Aged wife of disabled claimant, age 62 or over
Uninsured – Premium Health Insurance Benefits (Part A)
Uninsured - Qualified for but refused Health Insurance Benefits (Part A)
Uninsured - Entitled to Health Insurance Benefits HIB (Medicare Part A) under deemed or renal provisions; or Fully insured who have elected entitlement only to Health Insurance Benefits (Medicare Part A) - (and not yet entitled to retirement benefits - entitled to Medicare but not yet drawing Social Security Benefits)
Medicare Qualified Government Employment (MQGE)
MQGE aged spouse
Disabled Surviving Divorced Wife
NOTE: This list is not complete, but shows the most common beneficiary codes.
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