If you receive Medicare, you will be getting a new Medicare card. Why? Medicare is removing Social Security Numbers from Medicare cards to help mitigate fraud and identity theft.
Beginning in April 2018 and continuing for the next twelve months, new cards will be mailed. We serve many clients in Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina, and all these states are on the “after June 2018” mailing slot.
The new Medicare card will replace your old card and will utilize a unique Medicare number, instead of your Social Security number. The timing of the new cards being mailed out will vary so you/ your spouse may not receive new cards at the same time. If your address has recently changed, please make sure to go online to My Social Security Account and update your address.
Your Medicare benefits will remain the same. Once you receive the new card, the old card should be shredded. If you are on a Medicare Advantage Plan, your Medicare Advantage Plan ID card will remain your primary card for Medicare. However, you may also be asked to show your new Medicare card so make sure to retain both cards.
If you have additional questions, you can contact Medicare at 1-800-633-4227 or you can visit Medicare.gov site.