New Medicare numbers and cards have begun to be sent to people with Medicare! If you have Medicare, your new card should arrive soon, and will include a new number for you, instead of the current Social Security-based number it has been up to this point. Changing the number to not include your SSN, will will help to protect you against fraud.
Individuals who are enrolling in Medicare for the first time will be among the first in the country starting this month to get the new cards. If you have Medicare already, you will get your new card within the next few months. Medicare will mail cards on a rolling basis, and will send new cards with a new numbers at no cost to everyone with Medicare over, but the process may take up to a year. If you would like to update your official mailing address, you should visit your MySocialSecurity account, or simply call 1-800-772-1213.
If you would like to know when new cards will start mailing to your area, visit Medicare.gov/NewCard. You also have the option to sign up to get email alerts from Medicare. They will send you an email when cards start mailing in your state, as well as email you about other important Medicare topics. Rest assured, you Medicare coverage and benefits will stay the same; only the cards will have a new look.
For more information, www.medicare.gov/newcard/. You can also sign up to receive an email when your new card is officially mailed.