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New Medicare Cards Are on the Way

May 17, 2018 • By

Last Updated: May 17, 2018

man mailing a letterDid you know that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is sending new cards with new Medicare numbers to everyone with Medicare? Instead of your Social Security Number (SSN), your new Medicare card will include a new number unique to you. This will help to protect you against identity theft and protect Medicare from fraud. 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! If you need to update your address, use your personal my Social Security account.

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. Want to know when to expect your new card? 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, and also email you about other important Medicare topics.

You can also sign in to your MyMedicare.gov account and see when your card is mailed. (If you don’t have a MyMedicare.gov account yet, visit MyMedicare.gov to create one.) Once your new card has mailed, you can sign in anytime to see your new Medicare number or print a copy of your card.

When you’ve received your new Medicare card, take these steps to protect your information and identity:

  • Destroy your old Medicare card right away. Make sure you destroy your old card to help protect your SSN and other personal information.
  • Start using your new Medicare card. Doctors, other health care providers, and plans approved by Medicare know that Medicare is replacing the old cards, so carry the new card with you. They are ready to accept your new card when you need care. Your Medicare coverage and benefits will stay the same.
  • Keep your Medicare Advantage Plan card. If you’re in a Medicare Advantage Plan (like an HMO or PPO), keep using your Medicare Advantage Plan ID card whenever you need care. However, you should also carry your new Medicare card—you may be asked to show it.
  • Protect your Medicare Number like you would your credit cards. Only give your new Medicare Number to doctors, pharmacists, other health care providers, your insurer, or people you trust to work with Medicare on your behalf. Beware of people contacting you about your new Medicare card and asking you for your Medicare number, personal information, or to pay a fee for your new card. Medicare will never contact you uninvited to ask for your personal information.

For more information about your new Medicare card, visit Medicare.gov/NewCard. You can also visit Medicare.gov for tips to prevent Medicare fraud.


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  1. frances bergara

    can’t log into my social security account

    • Ray Fernandez, Public Affairs Specialist

      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!

  2. frances bergara

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

  3. James P Willis

    Great News.

  4. Diaz

    I hope the money spend for this new card is well spend, and I hope is made of a durable material.

    • Dock

      it’s not the money spent…it’s the thought behind it…it is made of heavy paper…try to see the change in the practical light it deserves…don’t be angry

  5. Robert B. Bumer

    My new home address is:
    750 Washington Rload
    Apt 704
    Pittsburgh, Pa. 15228

    • Imogene

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

  6. Marghoob A Siddiqui.

    What is the purpose of replacing old cards? Was there any problem in use of old cards?

  7. Maria Rose

    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.

  8. Joseph JW Willcome

    When will I be receiving my new card

    • Ray Fernandez, Public Affairs Specialist

      Hello Joseph, the new Medicare cards a will be mailed between April 2018 – April 2019. To find out more about when your card will be mailed, visit http://www.medicare.gov. Thanks!

    • Mark A. Underdahl

      I have not received my new card yet when can I expect it

  9. Joseph JW Willcome

    When will I be receiving this card

  10. Cheryl Scott

    How do I find out at what age I am eligible for Medicare B?

    Thank you!
    Cheryl

    • Ray Fernandez, Public Affairs Specialist

      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!

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