Things to know about the new Medicare cards:
Starting in April 2018, Medicare is mailing new cards to all people with Medicare. The new cards will have a new number on them. Currently, your Medicare number is associated to a social security number. The new cards will have a number that is not a social security number. This update will protect the integrity of your social security number.
- Your Medicare coverage and benefits will stay the same.
- Your new card will automatically come to you. You don’t need to do anything to get it.
- Be patient. Your card may arrive at a different time than your friend or neighbor.
- Your new card is paper, making it easier for many providers to use and copy.
- Once you get your new Medicare card, destroy your old Medicare card and start using your new card right away.
- 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 may also be asked to show your new Medicare card, so carry both with you at all times.
- Be sure to carry your card with you when you’re away from home. Let your doctor, hospital, or other health care provider see your card when you need hospital, medical, or other health care services.
- Update your new card information with your doctor(s) and insurance agent(s).