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New Medicare Cards Are Coming

New Medicare Cards Are Coming

 

            Each person enrolled in Medicare will soon be receiving a new Medicare card. The reason behind the arrival of the new cards is that the cards will no longer have Social Security numbers on them.  Instead, Medicare beneficiary identifiers will replace Social Security numbers.

            This change will help keep your information more secure and help protect your identity. Medicare beneficiaries will get a Medicare number that is unique to them. It will be used only for Medicare transactions such as billing, eligibility status and claim status.

            Medicare is mailing out the new Medicare cards from April 2018 through April 2019. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will be mailing the new Medicare cards by geographic location and other strategies. North Dakota Medicare beneficiaries tentatively are slated to be in the mailing after June 2018.

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

  • Mailing takes time. Your card will probably 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 may begin using your new Medicare card right away.
  • Guard your card. Only give your new Medicare number to your doctors, pharmacists, other 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. However, you also may be asked to show your new Medicare card, so you should carry this card, too.
  • Help is available. If you don’t recieve 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 at www.cms.gov/medicare/new-medicare-card/nmc-home.html or contact the North Dakota Department of Insurance’s Consumer Assistance Division at 701-328-9611.

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