New Medicare cards will be mailed to all Medicare recipients beginning April 2018 and continuing through April 2019. New enrollees will receive the cards first, followed by the rest of the country. Mailings will be in waves and after the new enrollees, groups of states will follow. The cards will have a new number specifically for the individual recipient. This new number will replace your social security number on the card. The government is making the change to help protect against fraud.
Medicare’s website advises that Medicare Advantage Plan (HMO or PPO) users will still use their Advantage Plan ID, but should carry the new card with them in case a health care provider asks for it. You should only give this new card to health care providers or anyone who you trust to work with Medicare on your behalf).
Keep Your Address Updated
According to the Medicare.gov website, as long as Medicare has your correct address, Medicare recipients will receive the new card automatically. Anyone who wants to double check their address can visit their mySocialSecurity account. If you need to call, (1-800-MEDICARE or 1-800-633-4227) you may be on hold for a while, so plan accordingly.
Scammers will likely try to use the new card as an excuse to contact you and try to get personal information or money from you, so remember not to give any personal information over the phone to anyone who calls you unsolicited. Medicare.gov says that they will never call you uninvited and ask for personal or private information to get your new number and card. They suggest if you are contacted for information, threatened, or asked for money, to hang up and call to them to report the scam.