95 thoughts on “New Medicare Cards Are on the Way

    • Hello Cheryl. Medicare is our country’s health insurance program for people age 65 or older. Generally, eligible individuals may begin receiving Medicare Parts A & B at age 65. Certain people younger than age 65 can qualify for Medicare, too, including those with disabilities and those who have permanent kidney failure. To learn more, read our Medicare publication. We hope this information helps!

  1. I I just want to know how secure the mailing will be, especially with all the problems with thievery of actual mailboxes and attacks on mail persons and problems with mail getting delivered. I signed up for notification by email when to expect and I have a general idea of the time period but if a substitute person is delivering, I will probably have a delay factor getting a new card. I would rather deal with going to my post office to sign for a register letter envelope containing my card than deal with this non-informative method which only makes it so much easier for the thieves.

    • Did you read the info about posting identifying info? I do think you should remove y our address. Just a suggestion….

  2. when I log into my social security account
    It is suppose to give me a code to type in and it does not

    • If you are unable to create an account or encounter a problem with your my Social Security account, you may:
      •Call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. At the voice prompt, say “helpdesk”; or
      •Contact your local Social Security office. Thanks!

  3. I move from Puerto Rico to Miguel Amezcua Leñero 269,Col Centro,Sahuayo,Michoacán, MX. CP 59033…

  4. I have been told that the new cards will still be issued as paper copies and that we are not allowed to have them laminated. Considering that they are always going to be kept in one’s wallet and that every doctors office runs them through a copier (generally a rolling device) EVERY time you visit I would like to suggest that plastic cards, rather than paper cards, be issued. Similar to a drivers license.

  5. I am happy about the new cards without the social security number. Question I have is, when I go to a different doctor, or get blood work done, the is the section asking for social security number. I try to not fill that in, and I am told I have to. any advice on that?

    • We understand your concern. Under current law, Medicare providers need to know your Social Security number in order to provide you the benefits to which you are entitled. The new Medicare card will have a new Medicare Number that’s unique to you, instead of your Social Security Number. This will help to protect your identity.
      For more on the new cards visit http://www.medicare.gov.

      • I also want to know if I “have” to give my SS# to my doctor. I have to fill out papers yearly it seems. I’m pretty sure I have given it to my doctor in the past before all the security threats. Now I have papers to fill out again that ask for my SS#. I have my new Medicare card so do I lawfully have to give my SS# to doctor? Why would he need it now if I have a new Medicare card/number?

        • We understand your concern, Vickie. Generally, Medicare providers only have to see and verify your Medicare card and claim number at the time they provide initial medical services. Your doctor will need your “new” Medicare number to process claims.
          Anyone can refuse to disclose his or her Social Security number, but the requester can refuse its services if you do not give it. Businesses, banks, schools, private agencies, etc., are free to request someone’s number and use it for any purpose that does not violate a federal or state law. Sometimes they will issue a different number if you ask. We hope this information helps!

  6. We’ve been told that new cards are coming since last year. However, Medicare has been around for years. We’ve been told not to carry our Social Security cards for years. Yet, we must carry the Medicare card which has that identifying social security number on it.. I’ve worried for years when I present my card to doctors’ offices, emergency rooms and the like. Identity theft is real. Thank goodness the new card is finally coming. I hope it is prior to year’s end.

  7. I received this email today and it said visited 3 times today. I only opened this email once today. So why is it saying 3 times today?

  8. Until thumb prints or eye scans become the password corruption and fraud will continue. Eventually it will be dna

  9. Glad that I check my gmail box,cause other wise I would not have known about this. I suggest that tou send out letters,explaining the change”because a lot of people still don’t know about the change. Ms. Barbara Lewis😊

  10. Our domicile address is in Japan. Will our new Medicare cards be mailed to that address or do we need to contact the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo for assistance. Thanks!

  11. Why beneficiaries residing overseas cannot crate a My Social Security account or MyMedicare.gov account? We paid social security taxes the same as stateside residents. TRICARE beneficiaries residing overseas must pay PART B monthly premiums the same as stateside residents although MEDICARE cannot be used outside US, US Possession or Territories. This limitation preclude us from the same rights our counterparts have and could be consider discriminatory.

  12. this is a great idea it helps with identity fraud that’s awesome i try not to use my social security on important papers for that reason i had my card stolen once , thanks for doing this.

  13. I have encountered trouble logging into my SSN account. I want to report a change of address (Note: it has already been submitted to USPS).
    Old Address: 2328 Seaview Ave, Apt 304
    Honolulu, Hi. 96822

    New Address:1621 Dole St, Apt 704
    Honolulu, Hi 96822
    Thank you
    John Carroll
    DOB: 11Dec1949
    SSN: XXX-XX-8214

  14. I live in Mexico, the country, not the state
    .
    Can you mail my new medicare card to my home here? If not can you send it to my cousin in Houston Texas?

    Many of the local doctors and clinics accept medicare.here.
    My email address is “msaffery7@gmail.com”
    MY home address is #7 Brisas Norte, Chapala, Jalisco, México 45908.
    My local phone number is 376 765 6325.

    MaryAnn Saffery

  15. Hi Cheryl. Medicare is our nation’s medical coverage program for individuals age 65 or more seasoned. For the most part, qualified people may start getting Medicare Parts An and B at age 65. Certain individuals more youthful than age 65 can meet all requirements for Medicare, as well, incorporating those with incapacitates and the individuals who have perpetual kidney disappointment. To learn more, read our publications about Health and weight loss plans. We hope this information helps!

  16. bakdansoho0077788bakdansoh@gmail.co.m first name is bak last name is danso birth 01 01 1987 phone number is+39- 3512302425 my study and international student program English language classes program grand computer courses in Milan Lodi state Italian I just need my social security number card please you can send to my address is a viale isonzo 11 Milan Lodi state Italian code 20135 this is my full details and

  17. So far I have not seen any info from SSA nor IRS about specific detail concerning using one’s old Social Security Number for filing next year’s tax forms and if these new Medi-Care numbers are only intended for billing purposes of hospitals, clinics, MD’s, etc. Is the new number going to be used for filing federal & state tax forms, bank accounts, etc.? Is it correct to assume the new number is only for health care needs?

  18. Thanks, but I have not received New Social Security Card or any information of the sort.

    Please update.

    Thank you.
    Fazal Elahi Malik
    202 Colonial Ave
    Williston Park, NY-11596.

    • Hi Kimberlye. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services began mailing the newly designed Medicare cards in April 2018, and will replace all cards by April 2019. It is important that you have a correct mailing address in your Social Security benefit record. Visit CMS.gov to learn more on how the new Medicare cards will be mailed in phases by geographic location. Thanks!

  19. You notified me in May that I would get a new Medicare card. I have not received it. Please ck into this and let me know
    .Thank you

    • Hello Elizabeth. Unfortunately, and because of security reasons we do not have access to personal records in this blog and cannot provide you information about the status of your Medicare card at this time. One of our representatives should be able to provide you with an explanation.
      Please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 for assistance. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later during the day or later in the week. Thanks!

  20. I started Medicare in February and paid first quarter for Part B. have not received my new Medicare card nor have I received a recent bill for Part B. When I try to log in with email, SS#, + DOB, I get an error message. Please help me to ensure my account is up to date. Thank you.

    • We are sorry to hear you’re having difficulties accessing your my Social Security account, Terese. If you are unable to create an account or encounter a problem with your my Social Security account, you may:
      •Call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. At the voice prompt, say “helpdesk”; or
      •Contact your local Social Security office.
      If you are unable to access your account, any of our representatives can help you get a replacement Medicare card and provide you information about your Medicare premiums.
      We hope this helps!

    • Hello Sandra. Unfortunately, and because of security reasons we do not have access to personal records in this blog and cannot answer your question at this time. One of our representatives should be able to provide you with an explanation. Please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 for assistance. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later during the day or later in the week. Thanks!

  21. I received the new Medicare card but I don’t understand what I should do if asked for SS # when opening a charge card etc
    What do I do when asked for SS#
    Thanks

  22. It’s July 10, 2018 and I have not yet received my new medicare card. My wife received hers several were ago. What steps should I take?

  23. We live in CA. The chart shows all CA cards have been sent. I received my card in June but my husband has never received his card.
    Which agency specifically do I contact now?

  24. I am reading this blog on August 5, 2018.

    Why in this blog has there been no mention of the increase in Medicare costs that also came in January 2018?

    My total increase in SSDI benefits has been $3 dollars per month and the increase in Medicare took that so-called “raise” away and then some. With this $3 monthly increase from 2017 benefits, my apartment rent has gone up $200 ($100 for me) monthly and I’ve been forced to seek part-time work that now has me in worse shape with my disease than before I started working again. But it’s the only way I can avoid going homeless because Social Security is NOT keeping up with the true increases in our daily costs of living (including increased Medicare rates, increased prescription rates, increased MRI costs – needed to determine my disease progression and need for specialized medications -, most other medical costs, increased food prices, increased car registration fees, and more).

    We have a very serious problem in this country with the less advantaged and the very ill and challenged, and at the rate things are going, many of us will simply die sooner than we should have to.

    This is now my reality, and it’s very frustrating to see these two agencies not in unison working towards helping citizens, but doing more to hurt people in vulnerable situations with no solutions in sight under the current administration.

    Also, I had a login and password for Social Security that has since been deleted and when I tried to create a new password, the system wouldn’t let me. Instead of locking us our of our own accounts with no reminder that six months have passed and it’s time to change our passwords, it places an unfair burden upon Social Security recipients to remember to change our password before we’re locked out. The Social Security Administration has the ability to remind us all that it’s time to change our passwords, but it doesn’t do it. I’ve been way too exhausted when I’m off work to try to attempt a log in again and will try to contact you folks soon, but this has been a difficult process that places unfair burdens on the truly ill.

  25. I have not received my new Medicare card as of Aug. 8, 2018. I am unable to sign in to your site to see if it has been mailed so please let me know if your records indicate that it has been sent. In the event you have not sent me a new card as of this date, please let me know approximately when I can expect it. Your assistance would be greatly appreciated.

    • Hello Ethel. Medicare will automatically mail your new card to the address you have on file with Social Security. As long as your address is up to date, there’s nothing you need to do. Mailing millions of Medicare cards takes some time, so you might get your card at a different time than friends or neighbors in your area.
      Visit Medicare.gov/NewCard and sign up to get email alerts from Medicare. Medicare will send you an email when cards start mailing in your state. Thanks!

  26. To date I have not received my medicare card and it shows that my state of Pennsylvania has been completed. A few months ago I updated my address, my husband did get his new card.
    I am:
    Kathy M. Maietta
    460 Washington road apt 405
    pittsburgh pa 15228
    412*884*7078

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