The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that the mailing of the new Medicare cards is complete. Instead of having a Beneficiary’s Social Security Number printed on the front, each new card now features a unique, randomly assigned Medicare number known as a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier- a combination of letters and numbers that helps protect against personal identity theft.
By replacing the SSN-based health insurance claim number on all Medicare cards, CMS says it is better protecting private healthcare and financial information and federal healthcare benefit and service payments.
Over the past nine months, CMS has sent new cards to more than 61 million people with Medicare across all U.S. states and territories, completing the mailing ahead of it’s April 2019 deadline.
CMS advises that any Medicare enrollees who have not received a new card should call (800)-MEDICARE or visit or create their personal account at mymedicare.gov.
CMS further advises enrollees to carry and use only the new cards and to destroy the old ones (Medicare Advantage and Medicare drug plan enrollees should keep and continue to use those cards, however).
Remember to only give the new Medicare number to doctors, pharmacists, other healthcare providers, insurers, or people you trust to work with Medicare on your behalf. Medicare will never call uninvited for your Medicare number or other personal information.