New Medicare Card In an effort to help protect your identity, Medicare will mail new Medicare cards, similar in design to the one featured to the left, between April 2018 and April 2019. Instead of using your Social Security number, the new card will have a new Medicare Number that’s unique to you. The new card should help prevent recipients’ identity theft.

Here’s what you need to know about the new Medicare card:

  • It will automatically come to you. You don’t need to do anything.
  • Your Medicare coverage and benefits will stay the same.
  • It is free – there’s no charge for it.

Like many new government initiatives, scammers are quick to capitalize on the opportunity. Here’s what you should keep in mind:

  • Medicare will never ask you to give personal or private information to get your new Medicare Number and card.
  • Scam artists may try to get personal information, like your current Medicare Number, by contacting you about your new card. If someone asks you for your information, for money, or threatens to cancel your health benefits if you don’t share your personal information—hang up!
  • Contact 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) to report the scam and to learn more about the limited situations in which Medicare can call you.

For more information about the new Medicare Card, click here to go to Medicare’s website.

New Medicare Card

New Medicare Cards Debut in April—Avoid Getting Scammed

In an effort to help protect your identity, Medicare will mail new Medicare cards, similar in design to the one featured to the left, between April 2018 and April 2019. Instead of using your Social Security number, the new card will have a new Medicare Number that’s unique to you. The new card should help prevent recipients’ identity theft.

Here’s what you need to know about the new Medicare card:

  • It will automatically come to you. You don’t need to do anything.
  • Your Medicare coverage and benefits will stay the same.
  • It is free – there’s no charge for it.

Like many new government initiatives, scammers are quick to capitalize on the opportunity. Here’s what you should keep in mind:

  • Medicare will never ask you to give personal or private information to get your new Medicare Number and card.
  • Scam artists may try to get personal information, like your current Medicare Number, by contacting you about your new card. If someone asks you for your information, for money, or threatens to cancel your health benefits if you don’t share your personal information—hang up!
  • Contact 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) to report the scam and to learn more about the limited situations in which Medicare can call you.

For more information about the new Medicare Card, click here to go to Medicare’s website.

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