Within 2 weeks after your plan gets your completed application, you'll get a letter letting you know it got your information. Within 5 weeks, you should get a welcome package with your membership card. If you need to go to the pharmacy before your membership card arrives, you can use any of these as proof of membership:
- The acknowledgement, confirmation, or welcome letter you got from the plan.
- An enrollment confirmation number you got from the plan, and the plan name and phone number.
- A temporary card you may be able to print from MyMedicare.gov.
If you don't have any of the items listed above, your pharmacist may be able to get your drug plan information if you provide your Medicare number or the last 4 digits of your Social Security number.
If your pharmacist can't get your drug plan information, you may have to pay out-of-pocket costs for your prescriptions. If you do, save your receipts and contact your plan to get your money back.