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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. Letha P.

    I will be 65 in Dec. 2020. Already denied Social Security due to Teacher’s Retirement. Will I get a Medicare card for part A only ? I already have Federal health insurance through my husband. What is my next step?

    • Vonda V.

      Hi Letha, thanks for using our blog. In most cases, if you don’t sign up for Medicare when you’re first eligible, you may have to pay a higher monthly premium which is why we advise people to apply for Medicare benefits as soon as they are eligible. However, as a spouse of a federal retiree, you may want to check with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for details. We hope this helps!

  2. Daniel R.

    Porque la tarjeta de Medicare es de cartón y no de plástico

  3. Yessica

    Hello, I would like to know if you are processing new social numbers for new residents? I have not yet been able to work and I have had a medical emergency and they ask me for my social number, the office says that I cannot have an appointment only with employment could.

  4. Tony

    Old Medicare card claim numbers didn’t get accepted at my local Safeway when trying to get my flu shot & never got a new Medicare card in the mail. They tell me the numbers werent going through & menioned something about I shoud have got some new one that came out with different numbers. Still have my original from 2012 which typically got me into doctor visits just fine up into 2019. How would I go about getting the new claim number even though all I have are the old claim number? It makes it impossible to create a medicare account with the old numbers. This is very inconveniant & unecessary.

    • Vonda V.

      Hi Tony, thanks for using our blog. Check out our Frequently Asked Questions web page for details on how to get a replacement Medicare card. We hope this helps!

  5. Stella W.

    how do i sin up for medicare, i will be 65 in January 2021.

    • Vonda V.

      Hi Stella, thank you for using our blog. Generally, individuals receiving Social Security benefits are automatically enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B. If you are at least 64 years and 9 months old and aren’t receiving Social Security benefits, you can apply for Medicare A and B online.

  6. DONALD R.

    I am currently receiving social security, I will be 65 in January 2021. When will I receive my Medicare card?

    • Vonda V.

      Hi Donald, thanks for using our blog. If you already get Social Security benefits, we’ll automatically enroll you in Medicare Hospital Insurance (Part A) and Medical Insurance (Part B). We’ll mail you all the information you need a few months before you become eligible. We hope this helps!

  7. DONALD R.

    I will be 65 in January 2021, when will I receive my medicare card?

  8. Nancy P.

    hi, my name is nancy corbett perkins and i have not yet received my new medicare card in the mail yet. i read that it was implemented in 2018. are they still being mailed out and how do i get one? thank you, nancy.

    • Vonda V.

      Thanks for your question, Nancy. Check out our Frequently Asked Questions web page for details on how to request a replacement Medicare card. We hope this helps!

  9. Angel F.

    Why is it very difficult to request a replacement of Medicaid Card? It should be as easy as requesting a social security card. I need a replacement medicaid card.

    • Vonda V.

      Hi Angel, thanks for using our blog. If you’re referring to a replacement Medicare card, check out our Frequently Asked Questions web page.

      Medicaid is administered by the state in which you live. You can get information from your state or local social services office. You can also visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services web page for more information. Thanks.

  10. Susana 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.

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