Medicare Cards are Changing

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Medicare is removing Social Security Numbers from Medicare cards

Congress in 2015 passed a law requiring Medicare to stop using Social Security numbers and come up with a way to protect seniors from identity theft. The new Medicare numbers will be a randomly generated sequence of 11 numbers and letters.

Beginning April 2018, Medicare will begin mailing every beneficiary a new card and by the April 2019 deadline, all beneficiaries should have received the new card.

Medicare has set up a website

Visit www.cms.gov/newcard for more information on what to expect starting next spring.

If you are Enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Plan:

Your Medicare Advantage plan combines the Original Medicare Parts A and B benefits into one plan, Part C. You present one card – your Medicare Advantage member card to hospitals, physicians and, in many cases, pharmacies.  When your new red, white and blue card arrives, place it in a safe place as you will continue to use the Medicare Advantage card, instead of the new red, white and blue card. And follow the instructions on how to destroy your old red, white and blue card. This does replace and you should not destroy your Medicare Advantage plan member ID card.

If you are Enrolled in a Medicare Supplement / MediGap Plan:

You are accustomed to presenting 1) your Original Medicare red, white and blue card as the primary payor and 2) your Medicare Supplement / MediGaap as the secondary, or supplemental, payor. The same applies except you may begin immediately using this new card for primary and doctor care. Be sure to follow instructions on how to destroy your old red, white and blue card – the one with your social security number. This does replace and you should not destroy your Medicare Supplement / Medigap card

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