New Unique ID Number Assigned to Reduce Elder ID Theft
If you are currently on Medicare, keep an eye out for a new Medicare card in your mailbox. Starting in April, Medicare began mailing out replacement Medicare cards that no longer use your Social Security number as an ID number. A Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) will be used instead.
Why the New Cards?
This new card works exactly like your current card, but the removal of your Social Security number will improve protection against identity theft. After you receive your new card, make sure to shred your old card!
(BTW, keep any Medicare Advantage cards you have – you’ll still need those for coverage.)
This project is based on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) signed by President Obama. Part of the act required the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to issue new Medicare cards without SSNs by April 2019.
What You Need to Do
The cards are mailed automatically, for free, to your address of record with the Social Security Administration. Do not pay anyone to get your new card!
If You Have Not Received Your Card
The rollout started in April 2018 and will continue until approximately April 2019. You can check the rollout schedule to find out approximately when to expect yours.
- Medicare Cards Without Social Security Numbers Coming in 2018 (Office of the Inspector General)
- New Medicare Card Not to Contain Social Security Numbers (Medicare.com)
- New Medicare cards coming soon (Federal Trade Commission)