Starting April 2018, CMS will begin mailing new Medicare cards that include a new Medicare Number. Medicare is removing Social Security Numbers from the Medicare cards. This new number will be unique to you, and will help protect your identity. As soon as you receive your new card please dispose of your old card securely and start using the new one right away.
Medicare will be mailing the new Medicare cards between April 2018 and April 2019. Please keep in mind that mailing everyone a new card will take some time. Your card could arrive at a different time than your neighbor’s or friend’s.
Here is an example of the two cards so you can be aware of the changes:
Please make sure that your mailing address is up to date. If your address needs to be corrected, contact Social Security by clicking HERE or by calling 1-800-772-1213. TTY users can call 1-800-325-0778.