New Medicare cards start mailing in April 2018
The last decade or so we have seen insurers respond to issues with identity theft and regulations imposed by HIPPA by protecting personal information such as social security numbers. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services has been working to implement new ID cards for Medicare beneficiaries. This action is way overdue and is a very welcome response to beneficiary’s privacy and personal information. You will find some information below how the Medicare cards will look and the time frame for receiving your new cards. We anticipate that there will be some issues with claims initially until the bugs are worked out and all systems are updated with new ID information.
CMS is removing Social Security Numbers from Medicare cards to prevent fraud, fight identity theft, and keep taxpayer dollars safe. We’ll mail the new Medicare cards from April 2018 through April 2019. Learn how we’ll mail the new Medicare cards in phases by geographic location
Tennessee and Mississippi are scheduled to start mailing after June 2018.
Protecting yourself Scammers may call about the new Medicare card to trick you into sharing personal information — like your current Medicare Number. Remember, Medicare will never call uninvited or ask for personal or private information to the new Medicare Number and card. There are very limited situations in which Medicare can call you.
Here are 2 tips to avoid Medicare scams:
- Guard your Medicare Number and card. Only give your Medicare Number to doctors, pharmacists, other health care providers, your insurers, or people you trust to work with Medicare on your behalf.
- Hang up on fraudsters. If someone asks for your information, for money, or threatens to cancel your health benefits if you don’t share your personal information, hang up and call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) or the local authorities.
Here is another link with more information on Frequently asked questions: