New cards designed to help decrease chance of identity theft
Coming soon to a mailbox near you: new Medicare cards for beneficiaries.
The new cards are being issued with the goal of decreasing Medicare beneficiaries’ vulnerability to identity theft, by replacing the Social Security-based number from Medicare identification cards with a new and unique Medicare number.
Here’s what you need to know about the new cards, courtesy of the Medicare Matters Team at the National Council on Aging:
(Information about the new cards can also be found by in the below video)
The new cards will be mailed between now and April 2019. Make sure your address is up to date – the new cards will be sent to the location associated with your Social Security account. To update your address, call 800-772-1213, or visit www.ssa.gov.
Your new Medicare card will no longer include your Social Security number; instead, it will include your name, a new Medicare number, and the dates your Medicare Part A and Part B coverage started.
You can start using your new Medicare card as soon as it arrives. Destroy the old card, since it contains your Social Security number. If you lose your new card, you can request a replacement by calling the Social Security hotline at 800-772-1213, or visit the Medicare Card Replacement section of the Social Security website (www.ssa.gov).
Your Medicare coverage and benefits will remain the same.
Only give your new Medicare number to doctors, pharmacists, other health care providers, your insurers, or pewop0le you trust to work with Medicare on your behalf.
Be aware of scams! If someone asks you for personal information, or threatens to cancel your health benefits if you don’t give them your personal information, call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).
For more information about the new cards, visit Medicare.gov, or call the State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) office at MAC, Inc., the Area Agency on Aging, at 410-742-0505.