Between April 2018 and April 2019, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will be removing Social Security numbers from Medicare cards and mailing each person a new card. This will help keep your information more secure and help protect your identity. You’ll get a new Medicare Number that’s unique to you, and it will only be used for your Medicare coverage. The new card won’t change your coverage or benefits.
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Here are 10 things you should know about this new card rollout:
- Mailing takes time: Your card may arrive earlier or later than your friend’s or neighbor’s, this is not cause for alarm.
- Destroy your old Medicare card: Once you get your new Medicare card, destroy your old Medicare card and start using your new card right away.
- Protect your card information: Only give your new Medicare Number to doctors, pharmacists, other healthcare providers, your insurers, or people you trust to work with Medicare on your behalf.
- You have a new unique number: Your card has a new number instead of your Social Security Number. This new number is unique to you.
- Your new card is paper: Paper cards are easier for many providers to use and copy, and they save taxpayers a lot of money. Plus, you can print your own replacement card if you need one!
- Keep your new card with you: Carry your new card and show it to your health care providers when you need care.
- Your doctor knows it’s coming: Doctors, other health care facilities and providers will ask for your new Medicare card when you need care.
- You can look up number: If you forget your new card, you, your doctor or other health care provider may be able to look up your Medicare Number online.
- Keep your Medicare Advantage Card: If you’re in a Medicare Advantage Plan (like an HMO or PPO), your Medicare Advantage Plan ID card is your main card for Medicare – you should still keep and use it whenever 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: You’ll get more information from Medicare when your new card is mailed, but if you have questions or you don’t get your new Medicare card by April 2019, call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY users can call 1-877-486-2048.As always, we here at Retirement Evolutions are here if you have any questions as well, don't hesitate to reach out.
Information provided is excerpted from medicare.gov.
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