U.S. CONGRESSMANALAN LOWENTHALServing California's 47th District

Medicare

Medicare

Medicare is an important health care resource for many Americans, and there are many resources available for those enrolled. Here are a few of the most common questions my office receives about Medicare:

I lost my Medicare card. How do I get a new one?


If you lose your card, contact your local Social Security office at 1-800-Medicare or visit the Medicare website immediately to get a new one.

Please protect your Medicare card just as you would a credit card. Your Medicare card in the wrong hands can be used to submit fraudulent claims.

Medicare Website

Social Security Administration


I recently moved to another state. How do I update my address with Medicare?

To protect you and ensure your receipt of your benefits, please let your Social Security office know that your address has changed. The number for the Social Security Administration is 1-800-772-1213.


Does Medicare Part B pay for prescription drugs?

Currently, Medicare does not include a prescription drug benefit. However, if coverage guidelines are met, Medicare allows payment for some immunosuppressive, oral, anti-emetic and nebulizer drugs. The Benefits Improvement and Protection Act of 2000 requires Medicare suppliers to accept assignment on Medicare-covered drugs.


Although I am able to walk, I have a difficult time walking long distances. Would Medicare allow payment for a wheelchair or Power Operated Vehicle (POV)?

Medicare wheelchair and POV coverage guidelines indicate that in order to allow payment for a wheelchair, a person with Medicare must be bed or chair-confined without the use of a wheelchair.

Furthermore in terms of POV all of the following criteria must be met:

You require a wheelchair to maneuver in your home;
You cannot operate a manual wheelchair;
You can safely operate the controls of a POV;
You can transfer safely to and from a POV and have adequate trunk stability to safely ride in a POV

You need a prescription from your physician prior to purchasing the POV, and the physician and supplier must complete a Certificate of Medical Necessity (CMN).

If you would like my help with a Medicare issue, please print out my Authorization Form and fax or mail it to my office. If you have any questions, feel free to call my office.

Capitol Hill Office

Washington, DC
125 Cannon HOB
(House Office Building)
Washington, DC 20515

Phone: (202) 225-7924
Fax: (202) 225-7926

Hours: 9am - 6pm EST

District Office

Long Beach
100 W. Broadway
West Tower Suite 600
Long Beach, CA 90802

Phone: (562) 436-3828
Fax: (562) 437-6434

Hours: 9am - 5pm PST

Satellite Office Days and Hours

  • Cypress
    City of Cypress City Hall
    5275 Orange Ave
    Cypress, CA 90630

    Hours: Tuesdays,
    10:00am - 12:30pm

  • Garden Grove
    Garden Grove City Hall
    11222 Acacia Pkwy
    (3rd Floor, Rm. 333)
    Garden Grove, CA 92840

    Hours: Wednesdays,
    2:00pm - 4:30pm

  • Westminster
    Westminster Community Services Building
    8200 Westminster Blvd
    Westminster, CA 92683

    Hours: Wednesdays,
    10:00am - 12:30pm

  • Stanton
    City of Stanton City Hall
    7800 Katella Ave
    Stanton, CA 90680

    Hours: Tuesdays,
    1:30pm - 4:00pm

Please address all mail or correspondence to the Long Beach or Washington, DC offices.