The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have started to mail new Medicare cards. The cards will have a new Medicare number instead of your Social Security Number. This will help protect your identity and personal information. Your Medicare coverage and benefits will stay the same.
Medicare will automatically mail new cards at no cost to the address Social Security has on file for you. You can make sure your address up-to-date by using my Social Security. You can learn more about the new cards on the Medicare website.
- Once you get your New Medicare card, destroy your old Medicare card and start using your new one right away. Don’t just throw the old card away—shred it or cut it into small pieces.
- Doctors, other health care providers, and plans approved by Medicare know that Medicare is replacing your old card.
- Beware of anyone contacting you about your new Medicare card and asking for your Medicare number, personal information, or to pay a fee for your new card. Treat your Medicare number like you treat your Social Security or credit card numbers. Remember, you don’t need to do anything to get your new card. Medicare will never contact you uninvited to ask for your personal information.
If someone asks you for your information, for money, or threatens to cancel your health benefits if you don't share your personal information, hang up and call Medicare at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).