Your New Medicare CardInformation for People with Medicare (2018)
What does the new Medicare Card look like?
It has your:
- New Medicare number
- Dates that Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B coverage started
It doesn’t have your:
- Social Security Number
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
- Visit Medicare.gov/NewCard and sign up for email updates, or like us at facebook.com/medicare
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
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
Post Date: 2018-04-11