In order to reduce the risks of identity theft, Medicare has begun mailing the new identification cards as of April. The new Medicare cards will continue to be sent out in phases and are expected to arrive between now and April of 2019. Whether or not you have already received yours, here are 4 important things to keep in mind regarding your new Medicare card:
No Social Security number
Your new Medicare card will not include your Social Security number. This will help protect your identity and your benefits from potential theft and Medicare fraud. The new Medicare card will include your name, your Medicare number, and the dates your Medicare coverage began. Here’s an example of what it will look like:
Update your address
In order to receive your new Medicare card, make sure your address is correct and up to date on your Social Security account. The address on your account will be the address used for your new Medicare card. You can go online or call the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213.
Keep other coverage documents
Make sure to keep any documents regarding your Medicare coverage such as Medicare Advantage, Medigap, or Prescription Drug coverage information. Those materials do not include your Social Security number and will still be effective; you will just have your new Medicare card to use along with them.
Once you receive your new Medicare card in the mail, shred your old card as soon as possible. Make sure you dispose of the card safely since the old Medicare cards contain Social Security numbers. Your new card is effective immediately upon receipt.
For more information regarding the new cards, click here. If you have any questions regarding your new Medicare card, our office staff is always happy to assist you. Call our office at 865-777-0153 or toll-free at 1-800-677-0153.