Medicare cards are now getting more secure. Over the next year, the government will be sending out new health insurance cards aimed at protecting the privacy of the 60 million people enrolled in Medicare.
Here’s what will change:
- Your new card won’t display your social security number. This is the biggest change. Old Medicare cards displayed individual’s social security numbers, placing them at risk for identity theft. Rather than using your social security number as the identifying number on your card, all members will be given an 11-digit medicare ID number that will be displayed on all new cards.
- It won’t show your gender or signature. This is just another way to protect member’s identities.
When will I get my new card?
While the cards are being mailed out automatically, you may not get your card right away. Delivery is rolling out over the next year, so you might be stuck with the old card for some time. See when you should expect your new card here.
Remember, your card will be mailed out automatically, without confirmation from Medicare. So, if you receive any calls requesting you to confirm your social security number, or ask for any credit card information, it is most likely a scam. If you think you have received any of these calls, or you are a victim of Medicare Fraud, contact the Medicare fraud tip line at 1-800-447-8477.
Will my old card still be active?
Yes. Your old card will be active until 2020, but in order to protect yourself against identity theft, it is best to shred your old card as soon as your new one arrives.
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