October’s Fraud Fact tells you what you need to know about new Medicare cards being issued beginning next spring. First, everyone WILL get a new Medicare card. Between April 2018 and April 2019, Medicare will remove the Social Security numbers from Medicare cards and mail each person a new card.
This change will help keep your information more secure and help protect your identity. You will get a new Medicare Number that’s unique to you, and it will only be used for your Medicare coverage.
The new card WILL NOT change your coverage or benefits. More information will come when the new card is mailed. Meanwhile, here is what you can do to 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. Medicare will NOT ask you to give out personal or private information to get your new Medicare Number and card. Medicare already has that information. DO NOT give it out.
It might take some time for you to get your card, and yours might arrive at a different time than your friend’s or neighbor’s.
As always, report suspected Medicare fraud or abuse to the Missouri Senior Medicare Patrol at (888)515-6565. SMPs are funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, Administration on Aging