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Your New Medicare Card

Information for People with Medicare (2018)
2018 Medicare Card: New Card, New Number

What does the new Medicare Card look like?

It has your:

  • Name
  • New Medicare number
  • Dates that Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B coverage started

It doesn’t have your:

  • Signature
  • Social Security Number
  • Gender

When will I get my new Medicare card?

  • Medicare starts mailing new cards in April 2018
  • Everyone who had Medicare before April 2018 will get a new card with instructions in the mail
    • Mailing will take several months
    • If you retired from a railroad, the Railroad Retirement Board will mail you your new card
  • People new to Medicare in April 2018 or later
    • Get the new card when they are enrolled
  • Mailing everyone a new card will take some time
  • Your card might arrive at a different time than your friend’s or neighbor’s
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Only your Medicare card and number are changing.

  • Your Medicare benefits stay the same
  • Your Social Security Number stays the same
  • Any enrollments in Medicare Advantage, Part D prescription plans, and Medigap (Supplemental) policies don’t change—keep those plan cards

When do I start using my new Medicare Card?

  • Start using your new card as soon as you get it
  • Beginning January 1, 2020, you can only use the new Medicare card and new number

What if I belong to a Medicare health plan (like an HMO) or a Medicare drug plan?

  • You’ll still get a new Medicare card
  • Be sure to destroy your old red, white, and blue Medicare card, but don’t destroy your plan’s card
  • You should continue to use your health or drug plan’s card when you get health care or fill a prescription

How can I protect myself and Medicare from fraud?

  • Don’t share your Medicare card with anyone—treat it like a credit card
    • Don’t carry it unless you need it
    • Keep it in a safe place
  • Scam artists may try to get personal information 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


Content Details
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
Post Date: 2018-04-11