New Medicare Cards Are Coming

Open your wallet and get your laminators ready, because a new Medicare card is coming in the mail. In a long-overdue move to protect your privacy, the government is mailing new cards to all 58 million people with Medicare.

  • Cards are being issued with a new Medicare number to protect you from identity theft.
  • Your new Medicare card will arrive between April 2018 and April 2019.
  • You can start using the new card immediately, but your old card will work through December 2019.
  • Your Medicare benefits will not change.

The new Medicare will no longer include your Social Security number and signature for everyone to see. However, this much-improved Medicare card will keep the familiar red, white, and blue color scheme. Additionally, your Medicare benefits will stay the same.

The new card will come with a unique, personal Medicare number (also called a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier or MBI). Your new Medicare number will be made up of 11 random letters and numbers. These secure numbers are confidential and private, like your Social Security number.

Your Medicare number will replace your Social Security number for Medicare billing purposes. Removing your Social Security information from your official Medicare card will help protect your identity. Lawmakers, Medicare administrators, and the general public requested this change. But, identity thieves are very upset.

If You Lose Your Medicare Number: visit to look up your number or print a replacement card.

Safety from scammers is still important when dealing with Medicare. Remember that no government agency will ask you to give personal or private information in order to receive your new Medicare card and Medicare number. You don’t have to pay for the new card, and you don’t have to provide any personal information. In fact, you don’t have to do anything at all to receive it.

Since your card will come in the mail, you’ll want to make sure that your mailing address is up to date until it arrives. Change your address on file with Social Security by calling 1-800-772-1213 if you’ve moved recently.

For more information, visit the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services