Bob Moos, Southwest Public Affairs/U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Casework Published 5:00 a.m. CT Oct. 11, 2018 | Updated 8:47 a.m. CT Oct. 11, 2018
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Your new Medicare agenda is advancing soon.
From now until April 2019, Medicare is commitment new cards to the added than 60 actor Americans with Medicare. The 843,951 Louisiana association with Medicare will activate accepting their cards this week.
The new cards will no best accept your Social Security cardinal on them. Instead, they’ll accept a new Medicare cardinal that’s different to you and will be acclimated for alone your Medicare coverage.
Don’t worry. Your Medicare allowances will abide absolutely the same. Nothing about your bloom affliction advantage will change.
A contempo federal law requires the abatement of Social Security numbers from Medicare cards to advice assure you from character theft. Many bodies asked for the new safeguard, and Congress responded.
You don’t allegation to do annihilation or pay anyone to get your new card.
If addition claiming to be from Medicare calls you and requests your Social Security cardinal or added claimed information, that’s a scam. Hang up and alarm Medicare at 1-800-633-4227 to abode the incident.
Likewise, if anyone tries to allegation you a fee for the new agenda — or for processing a “temporary” agenda until your new agenda arrives — that’s a scam, too. It’s addition arrangement to get your coffer or acclaim agenda information.
Medicare will never alarm you alien and ask you to accommodate claimed advice to accept your new card.
Medicare will accelerate your agenda to the abode you accept on book with Social Security. So, if you allegation to amend your commitment address, acquaintance Social Security at ssa.gov/myaccount or alarm 1-800-772-1213.
Because of the abounding cards to be mailed, they’re actuality beatific out in after-effects – several states at a time. Louisiana association with Medicare will accept their cards over the aing month.
When you do accept your card, abort your old one. Don’t aloof bung it in the trash, area a cheat can get authority of it. Cut it into baby pieces so that your Social Security cardinal can’t be read.
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Then alpha application your new agenda appropriate away. Doctors and added bloom affliction providers apperceive the new cards are alpha to access in mailboxes and will ask for castigation back you allegation care, so backpack it with you.
Protect it as you would any added agenda with claimed information. Removing your Social Security cardinal will aegis you adjoin best character theft, but thieves ability still use it to try to get medical services.
One final note: If you’re in a Medicare Advantage plan, your plan’s ID agenda will abide your capital agenda for bloom affliction benefits. Keep it and use it back you crave care, admitting it’s acute to accept your new Medicare agenda as well.
For years, bodies who afield gave out their Medicare numbers accept collapsed victim to character annexation and apparent their coffer accounts emptied. The redesigned Medicare cards should advice anticipate that.
Look for your new agenda in your mailbox soon. If you accept any questions or allegation help, appointment medicare.gov or alarm 1-800-633-4227.
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