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Posted on: April 19, 2018

Medicare to Remove Social Security Numbers from Cards

Medicare Cards No SS numbers

You’re getting a new Medicare card!

Between April 2018 and April 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will be removing Social Security numbers from Medicare cards and mailing each person a new card. This will help keep your information more secure and help protect your identity.

You’ll get a new Medicare number that’s unique to you, now called Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI), and it will only be used for your Medicare coverage. The new card won’t change your coverage or benefits. You’ll get more information from Medicare when your new card is mailed.

If someone is calling, claiming to be from Medicare and asking for your Social Security number or bank information, it’s a scam. Medicare won’t call you or ask you for that information. In addition, if someone is asking you to pay for a new card or to give them money to avoid cancellation of your benefits, don’t believe it. The new Medicare card is free.

How will the new Medicare card work? 

The first step will be to implement the new identification number and new Medicare card with the non-Social Security number identifier for new enrollees. From there, CMS must issue a new Medicare card to every current enrollee by April 2019.

The new Medicare card works exactly like the old one, but safeguards private information of interest to identity thieves. If you are currently enrolled in Medicare, you’ll receive information directly from CMS about when to expect your new Medicare card.

Here’s how you can get ready:

  • Make sure your mailing address is up to date. If your address needs to be corrected, contact Social Security at ssa.gov/myaccount or 1-800-772-1213.
  • Beware of anyone who contacts you about your new Medicare card. We’ll never ask you to give us personal or private information to get your new Medicare number and card.
  • Understand that mailing everyone a new card will take some time. Your card might arrive at a different time than your friend’s or neighbor’s.

Once you receive your new card, please make sure you send a copy to Fannie Layer in Human Resources. You can send a secure fax, 972-461-9370 or email Fannie Layer

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