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Well, what I was told, is apparently different from what ‘can’ occur. Once your name is officially changed with Social Security, that information is supposed to pop over to Medicare, and then over to your Supplemental Insurance carrier. And I’m sure that in most cases it does. But in my case, the SSA and Medicare link broke down. So, after talking with both my Supplemental Insurance carrier and Medicare I was told I needed to contact SSA and have them start the process.
As expected the hold time on the phone with SSA was far longer than the actual time talking to someone to make the change. But don’t despair, the change goes quick once someone is on the phone. I had that conversation yesterday (4/4/2022) and by the next day, Medicare showed the name change and I was able to download a new Medicare card.
The net of all of this is that this is ‘your’ name change, so be prepared to have to stay on top of things. In a few days I will be calling my Supplemental Insurance carrier to make sure they got what they need to make the change as well. Hugs, Michelle
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