2018-04-12 / News

Medicare cards to receive update

Courtesy graphic Courtesy graphic MANISTIQUE – Beginning this month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will begin mailing new Medicare cards to those with Medicare. A new alpha-numeric identifier will replace the current Social Security Number-based identifier.

The roll-out will occur over a several-month period, based upon the geographic location of the Medicare beneficiary. There are concerns that people might believe that this is a “scam” and ignore notifications or throw new identification cards away.

Medicare beneficiaries are asked to watch mail closely over the next few months for notifications from Medicare regarding the change. Medicare beneficiaries should begin bringing their new card to healthcare visits as soon as it is received.

The new Medicare procedure is as follows:

-Newly eligible Medicare beneficiaries will receive a card with a unique number, regardless of geographic location.

-Distribution of cards for current beneficiaries will be randomized by geographic location. People in Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas will not begin to receive their new cards until after June. However, they may begin to receive notifications relating to this change before that time.

-Starting this month, those with Medicare will be able to visit Medicare.gov/newcard to sign up for emails about the card mailing, as well as to check the card mailing status in their state.

-People with Medicare should use the new card once they receive it, but either the Social Security Number-based (old) card or the new random alphanumeric-based numbers may be used through December 2019.

-Beginning January 1 2020, only the new card will be accepted.

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