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New Medicare Cards Are Coming

Each person enrolled in Medicare soon will receive a new Medicare card. 

The main reason people will receive new Medicare cards is that the cards no longer will have Social Security numbers on them. Medicare beneficiary identifiers will replace Social Security numbers. This will help keep your information more secure and help protect your identity.

Medicare beneficiaries will get a new Medicare number that is unique to them. It will be used only for Medicare transactions such as billing, eligibility status and claim status. People’s coverage and benefits will not change. 

Medicare is mailing new Medicare cards from April 2018 through April 2019.

Here are a few things to know about your new Medicare card:

  • Mailing takes time. Your card may arrive at a different time than your neighbor’s or friend’s card.
  • Destroy your old card once you get your new Medicare card. You can start using your new Medicare card right away.
  • Guard your card. Only give your new Medicare number to your health-care providers, insurers or people you trust to work with Medicare on your behalf.
  • Your new card will be paper, which is easier for providers to photocopy and less expensive to issue.
  • You still need to keep your Medicare Advantage Card. If you have a Medicare Advantage Plan, your Medicare Advantage Plan ID card is your main card for Medicare. You should keep and use it when you need care.
  • Help is available. If you don’t get your new Medicare card by April 2019, call 800-Medicare (800-633-4227). TTY users can call 1-877-486-2048. 

For more information about the new Medicare cards, go to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services website.


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