Did you know that starting in 2018, all current Medicare recipients will be receiving new Medicare cards in the mail?

New Medicare cards will be sent out via the mail between April 2018 and April 2019 to all current Medicare recipients. These new cards will be the same red, white, and blue cards currently used by Medicare, but will no longer show a recipient’s Social Security Number. Instead, a new Medicare Number will be assigned to all Medicare recipients, and this number shall be displayed on the new Medicare cards. This decision is meant to protect Medicare recipients from the possibility of identity theft.

New Medicare cards are free, and there will be no charge to you when they are sent in the mail over the course of the coming year. There will be no change to your benefits with the receipt of this new card. Additionally, Medicare will never ask you for personal/private information or your Social Security Number to receive your new Medicare card. If someone asks you for this information regarding your new card, or threatens that your coverage may be dropped if you do not give personal information to them, it is likely a scam. You can report Medicare scams to 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).

For more information, visit the official Medicare website by clicking here.