New Medicare cards: What you need to know
I recently received the following information about new Medicare cards designed to protect your identity and prevent Medicare fraud that I hope you or a senior you know will find useful.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have taken steps based upon customer feedback to protect your personal identity with the removal of Social Security numbers from Medicare cards. This fraud prevention initiative will begin April 2018 with new cards being mailed to recipients, including a new Medicare number. With the assignment of a new Medicare number, your benefits will not change and you may use your new card immediately upon receipt. The mailings will occur through April 2019, so please review the following information on this new process and recommendations to further prepare you for receipt of your new card.
- Your Benefits Will Stay the Same – There are no changes to your coverage. The only difference is your identification number.
- You Don’t Have to Do Anything - There is no need to confirm your personal information with Medicare or anyone else. Your card will automatically come in the mail and is ready to use right away.
- There Is NO CHARGE for the Card - The card is free. There is no “one-time fee”, “processing fee” or any other fees.
- Medicare Representatives Won’t Call You or Come to Your House - Hang up on anyone who calls you and says there is a fee for the card or that they need to confirm your identity. It’s a scam!
Click here for new Medicare card instructions.
If you have any questions about this or any other state government-related matter, please don't hesitate to contact my office.