| Thu, Jun 14, 2018 @ 11:43 AM

Your New Medicare Card is On the Way

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

Woman receiving her new Medicare card in the mailYou are next in line to receive your new Medicare card. Medicare announced that cards are in the mail to you and others who live in your state. Each wave of mailings can take several weeks to complete, so keep an eye out for your card with patience.

The main reason for issuing new cards is to give you a new, unique Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI). Your MBI appears on your new card instead of your social security number to help protect your personal identity and fight Medicare fraud.

Ironically, the process of issuing new cards has led to an uptick in scam activity.

Beware of anyone asking you for personal information or money in connection with your new Medicare card.

Your card will arrive automatically. You don’t have to do anything – or pay anything – to get it or to “activate” it. Hang up or close the door on anyone who tries to tell you otherwise. Stay alert for these and other types of Medicare scams.

You may begin using your new Medicare card as soon as you get it.

You can use your current card until your new one arrives, but destroy it once it’s been replaced. You may keep using your other insurance cards, such as a Medicare Advantage or Medicare Part D plan card. They are not affected by the change to your Medicare card.

Your new Medicare card will be mailed to the address Social Security has for you.

It’s a good idea to make sure Social Security has your correct address. You can verify your mailing address online or call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213, TTY 1-800-325-0778, 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information, explore MedicareMadeClear.com or contact the Medicare helpline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), TTY 1-877-486-2048.