New Medicare Cards are Coming!
If you have Medicare, you’ll be getting a new Medicare card to help protect you from identity fraud.
There’s no charge for your new card.
Criminals are always looking for ways to get your Social Security number, so those numbers have been removed from Medicare cards to make them safer.
Your new card will have a new Medicare number that’s unique to you. The new card will help protect your identity and keep your personal information more secure.
You can start using your new card as soon as you get it. Your Medicare coverage and benefits won’t change at all. Medicare will automatically mail your new card to the address you have on file with Social Security. So make sure your mailing address is up to date.
If your address needs to be corrected, contact Social Security at ssa.gov/myaccount or 1-800-772-1213. TTY users can call 1-800-325-0778.
If Social Security has your current mailing address, there’s nothing else you need to do to receive your new card. Mailing everyone a new card will take time. Your card might arrive at a different time than your friend’s or neighbor’s.
Once you get your new Medicare card, take these three steps to make it harder for someone to steal your information and identity:
- Thoroughly destroy your old Medicare card right away. Shred it or cut it up into pieces. Don’t just toss it in the trash.
- Doctors, other health care providers, and Medicare health plans know new Medicare cards are coming. They are ready to accept your new card when you need care.
- Beware of anyone who contacts you and asks for your new Medicare number, personal information, or to pay a fee for your new card. There are no charges whatsoever for the new cards. Guard your card. Treat your new Medicare number like you treat your Social Security or credit card numbers. Only give your new Medicare number to doctors, pharmacists, insurers, or other people you trust to work with Medicare on your behalf.
Medicare will never call you uninvited and ask you to give us personal or private information to get your new Medicare card.