New Medicare cards will start mailing in April 2018. If you are currently enrolled in Medicare, your card will be replaced with one that no longer shows your Social Security Number. Instead, your card will have a new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) that will be used for billing, eligibility checks and claim status. Best of all, it will happen automatically- you DO NOT have to pay anyone or give anyone information, no matter what someone might tell you. Here are some additional things to keep in mind about your new Medicare card:
- As long as your address is up-to-date, you do not need to do anything. If you need to make changes to your address, visit “my Social Security account.”
- Your new card will contain a new Medicare Number that is unique to you, instead of your Social Security Number. This will help protect your identity, especially if your purse or wallet gets lost or stolen.
- Your medical coverage and benefits will remain the same.
- Mailing takes time. Your card may arrive at a different time than your friend’s or neighbor’s.
- Your new card is paper, making it easier for many providers to use and copy.
- Once your new Medicare card arrives, destroy your old Medicare card and start using your new card right away.
- Doctors, other health care providers and facilities know the change is coming and will ask for your Medicare card when you need care, so make sure to carry it with you.
- Only give your Medicare Number to doctors, pharmacists, other health care providers, your insurers, or people you trust to work with Medicare on your behalf.
Most importantly, watch out for scams!
Is someone calling, claiming to be from Medicare, and asking you for your Social Security Number or bank information? If so, hang up. It’s a scam. First of all, Medicare will not call you. Second of all, Medicare will never ask you for your Social Security Number or bank information.
Is someone asking you to pay for your new card? If so, that’s a scam. Your new Medicare card is free of charge.
Is someone threatening to cancel your benefits if you don’t give them information or money? You guessed it- this is also a scam. New Medicare cards will be mailed out to you automatically. There will not be any changes to your benefits.
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