2018 Medicare Cards
2018 Medicare cards will no longer have social security numbers on them. The CMS anticipates issuing the new cards starting in April 2018. The transition period is planned for April 1, 2018 through December 31, 2019.
- The cards will automatically be mailed to all 58 million current beneficiaries. You don’t need to do anything special to receive one.
- The new cards will feature a randomly assigned Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) made up of 11 letters and numbers.
- Your benefits won’t change under the new MBI.
- Scams relating to the new card are already surfacing. Some Medicare recipients report getting calls from scamsters who tell them that they must pay for the new card and then ask them for their checking account and Medicare card numbers. Don’t give out either number.
For those that want additional information, here is the link: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/New-Medicare-Card/index.html