New Medicare Cards Coming

New Medicare Cards Coming

Thursday, April 5, 2018

The following is an update from Medicare.gov (the official U.S. Government Site for Medicare) 

Beginning in April 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will start mailing new Medicare cards to all people with Medicare.  The roll-out will occur over a several month period based upon the geographic location of the Medicare beneficiary. Newly-eligible beneficiaries will get a card with a unique number, regardless of where they live

Distribution of cards will be randomized by geographic location Starting in April, people with Medicare will be able to go to Medicare.gov/newcard to sign up for emails about the card mailing and to check the card mailing status in their state. 

3 things to know

  1. People who are enrolling in Medicare for the first time will be among the first in the country to receive the new cards.
  2. Your new card will automatically come to you. You don't need to do anything as long as your address is up to date. If you need to update your address, visit your My Social Security account.
  3. Once you get your new Medicare card, destroy your old Medicare card and start using your new card right away. 

Watch out for scams

Medicare will never call you uninvited and ask you to give us personal or private information to get your new Medicare Number and card.

Scam artists may try to get personal information (like your current Medicare Number) by contacting you about your new card.

If someone asks you for your information, for money, or threatens to cancel your health benefits if you don't share your personal information, hang up and call us at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).


Click here to learn more about the limited situations in which Medicare can call you.

Click here to learn more about your Medicare card.

 

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