MEDICARE HIC NUMBER SUFFIXES
Effective for cards issued in or after September 1990, HCFA is revising the appearance and composition of Medicare Cards.
The new cards are plastic, not paper. The new cards will show “Part A” immediately following “Hospital” and “Part B” immediately following “Medical”. Beginning in spring, 1991, the word “Medicare” is added in two places on the front of the card. Paper Medicare cards issued before the changeover to the new cards are still valid.
A Retired worker over 65 or disabled worker
B Wife (over 65) of retired or disabled worker
B1 Husband of retired or disabled worker
B2 Wife whose entitlement is dependent on the care of a child
B3 Second wife
B4 Second husband
B5 Second wife (entitlement dependent on a child)
B6 Ex-wife (entitlement dependent on a child)
B7 Third wife (entitlement dependent on a child)
B8 Third wife
B9 Third husband
C Child (including a disabled child or a student). Suffixes assigned by age, i.e.:
C1 Youngest Child
C2 Next youngest child
D2 Second Widow
D3 Second Widower
D4 Widow who remarried after age 60
D5 Widower who remarried after age 62
D6 Surviving ex-wife
D7 Second surviving ex-wife
E Widowed mother
E1 Mother (ex-wife) who survives the retired worker
E2 Second widowed mother
E3 Second mother (ex-wife) who survives the retired worker
F Parent category (the F suffix is never used alone) for aged dependents
F5 Adoptive father
F6 Adoptive mother
F7 Second “alleged” father
F8 Second “alleged” mother
J & K Special beneficiaries whose entitlement depends on the quarters of employment that they have under social security.
J1, J2, K1, K2 Entitled to Part A.
J3, J4, K3, K4 Not entitled to Part A, may purchase Part A.
M An individual enrolled in Part B who is not entitled to retirement and survivor’s or Railroad Retirement insurance and is not eligible for Part A but may purchase Part A coverage.
M1 An individual enrolled in Part B who meets the requirements for Part A but has not applied.
T An individual entitled to Part A benefits but not to retirement and survivor’s or Railroad Retirement insurance or who is entitled to Medicare based on chronic renal disease. It applies whether or not the beneficiary elects to receive Part B.
W Disabled widow
W1 Disabled widower
W2 Second disabled widow
W3 Second disabled widower
W6 Disabled surviving ex-wife
W7 Second disabled surviving ex-wife