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New Medicare Cards Are on the Way

May 17, 2018 • By

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Last Updated: August 4, 2021

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 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 account and see when your card is mailed. (If you don’t have a account yet, visit 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 You can also visit for tips to prevent Medicare fraud.

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  1. Susan G.

    I went today to get a real ID card from CA DMV office. They require 2 IDs, I brought my Passport and Medicare card. They asked for my “blue” Social Security Card. I explained that I am on Medicare and do not have a separate blue Social Security card. I didn’t get the real ID card and will have to return with other documentation.
    I searched everywhere and don’t have a blue card, nor do I recall having received one. Am I wrong? Please advise. Thank you.

  2. Annette s.

    I did not receive a new card I hope this note well get me a card.

    • Ann C.

      Hi, Annette. Good news! If you need a replacement Medicare card or immediate proof that you have Medicare, you can take care of both online by setting up a personal my Social Security account. Hope this helps!

  3. Deborah K.

    I have lost my WellCare pharmacy prescription card and need to have a new one reissued, how do I get one?

  4. Deborah K.

    I have lost my WellCare pharmacy prescription card and need a new one, how do I get one reissued?

    • Vonda V.

      Hi Deborah, thank you for your question. Please contact the Prescription Drug Plan Provider directly or contact Medicare at 1-800-633-4227. We hope this helps.

  5. alfredo g.

    i am not receive yet my new medicare card number what can i do for ged a new one

  6. Cora C.

    My mom ss # xxxxxxxxx, need a new MBI card, Her name Cora C Chen. Medicare claims number *** – ** – ***-A.

    • Ann C.

      Hi, Cora. Good news! If your mother needs a replacement Medicare card or immediate proof that she has Medicare, she can take care of both online by setting up a personal my Social Security account. Just a reminder – please be cautious about posting personal information on social media. We hope this helps.

  7. Norma s.

    I’ve gone online, filled out forms but will not pay $97 to get a new card. I know I’m eligible to have 3 replacements per year. I misplaced mine and need my medicine. The pharmacy needs this Medicare # today, I need my diabetes Lancers. I’ve also talked to some office where they said they were unable to serve my area. What happened to getting an answer over the phone?

  8. PaulaWarnke

    I signed up for Medicare in December,2019. I received a letter to complete the transaction. I called on December 23. Left my name,number, and message. I was not contacted again. I need my MBI number and card. Please advise today
    Thank you,
    Paula Warnke.

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  10. B P.

    I am a first year in Medicare from January 1-st, 2019.
    How I have to pay, when, where?

    I didn’t receive my Medicare card yet.
    Thank you

    • Ann C.

      Hi. If you get Social Security, Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) or Civil Service benefits, your Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) premiums will get deducted from your benefit payment. If you don’t get Social Security payments, RRB, or Civil Service benefits, you’ll get a bill called a “Medicare Premium Bill” (CMS-500).
      Normally, if your premium is late, you’ll get a second bill-notice reminding you to pay your premium. Visit for more information.
      If you have specific questions about your bill or the status of your Medicare coverage, call our toll-free number at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY: 1-800-325-0778). Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later in the day. We hope this helps.

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