New Medicare Cards are Coming

July 11, 2017 in LifeCare Health Services

In a move aimed at preventing fraud and identity theft, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will issue new Medicare cards next year. Social Security numbers on the current cards will be replaced with a unique, randomly-assigned number called a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI).

“We’re taking this step to protect our seniors from fraudulent use of Social Security numbers which can lead to identity theft and illegal use of Medicare benefits,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “We want to be sure that Medicare beneficiaries and healthcare providers know about these changes well in advance and have the information they need to make a seamless transition.”

  • CMS will begin mailing the cards to beneficiaries in April 2018.
  • Cards will automatically be mailed to all 58 million current beneficiaries; you don’t need to do anything special to receive one. Beware of scammers who say that you must pay for the new card and ask for your checking account and Medicare card numbers. Medicare will never contact you for your Medicare number or other personal information.
  • Your coverage and benefits will remain the same.

All Medicare cards will be replaced by April 2019.

Print Friendly