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Health insurance ID card

originally posted: 11/22/2006  reposted: 2/18/2011 This post has not been recently reviewed or revised by the author and may be out of date. If you notice an error or are in doubt, please send a new question by email or ask for an update. Email

Q: What information is listed both on the health insurance ID card? Is the insured's name, address, SS number, date of birth, etc. listed on the e-mailed or permanent ID card?

A: For privacy reasons, most of this personal information is not included on a health insurance ID card. A health insurance ID card usually contains the name of the insurance company or plan administrator, the policy number and effective date of coverage, the member services telephone number and the name of the policyholder. The main purpose of the ID card is to allow medical service providers to verify coverage and obtain billing information.


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