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Changes are coming to your Medicare card. By April 2019, your card will be replaced with one that no longer shows your Social Security number. Instead, your card will have a new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) that will be used for billing and for checking your eligibility and claim status. And it will all happen automatically – you won’t have to pay anyone or give anyone information, no matter what someone might tell you.

Having your Social Security number removed from your Medicare card helps fight medical identity theft and protect your medical and financial information. But even with these changes, scammers will still look for ways to take what doesn’t belong to them. Here are some ways to avoid Medicare scams:

  • Is someone calling, claiming to be from Medicare, and asking for your Social Security number or bank information? Hang up. That’s a scam. First, Medicare won’t call you. Second, Medicare will never ask for your Social Security number or bank information.
  • Is someone asking you to pay for your new card? That’s a scam. Your new Medicare card is free.
  • Is someone threatening to cancel your benefits if you don’t give up information or money? Also a scam. New Medicare cards will be mailed out to you automatically. There won’t be any changes to your benefits.

For more on the new changes to your Medicare card, visit Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. And report scams to the FTC.


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In the meantime folks, do what I did. Make a copy of your Medicare card, then black out all but the last 4 digits of your SS number. Carry the copy with you; providers will accept it without a problem.

thank you for the great idea, Phil A. it is much appreciated.

thanks for the info. BUT why does the Govt. have to take 2 years to convert Medicare cards ,how many more seniors have to get scammed before this takes effect.
just give the contract to a private company, but then Banks took all the time to convert to the CHIP system in our cards . I give up .

I just received a card and it still has my Social Security Number?

If your new card won't have your SS#, and doctors and hospitals ask for your medicare, do you still show it? And if they want your #, do you give it to them?

Why are we waiting until 2019.
Let run with it in the next 30-60 days!

I work for the Medicaid Division of the Utah State Department of Health. A couple things:
1. This change is being done by CMS, the Medicare and Medicaid folks - not the Social Security Administration.
2. The new cards will start being printed/mailed in April 2018. It will take them awhile to reprint all existing cards.
3. It can't be rolled out in 30 days because every State Medicaid agency, and many Healthcare organizations need to make computer system changes in order for this to work nationwide.

We're talking about 60 million people and counting, as more Baby Boomers are added each year. I just want them to get it right the first time.

Postal service employs idiots who misdeliver everything. Fix that first.

Someone want to explain how providers would bill Medicare if they don't have your identifying medicare number....your social security number followed by an "A", for Part A Medicare, for which no premium is charged. Everyone over 65 is automatically eligible for Part A hospitalization coverage. It is Part B for which you pay a premium, that covers outpatient care. It is not mandatory and it is not a "supplement" plan. When they bill Medicare, Medicare will pay an approved amount and if you don't have Part B they will not pay the provider and you will be billed by the provider. Your "co-insurance" is 20% of the Medicare approved amount paid to the provider. a "supplement" plan is either a private insurer for which you pay a separate premium, unless you qualify for a supplmental MediCAID plan which may pay for your Medicare Part B premium, and your 20% co-insurance, based on your income. Low income seniors can get the "low income subsidy" under the "Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries" program, which issues a separate card with an account number on it, not your SS number. Notice on your Medicare statement that there is an approved amount, usually quite a bit less than the provider charges Medicare, and a "what you may pay" column based on whether Medicaid covers the 20% co-insurance. Also notice that you may see a bunch of "denied" coverages, usually because the provider's incorrect coding of the service provided, but you may be incorrectly billed for it and their billing department has to resubmit the claim with correct coding to get paid by either Medicare or Medicaid. I don't know what other letter follows your SS number if not an "A", representing Medicare Part A free automatic coverage for hospitalization.

Additionally, it is a moot point at this point in time to refuse to give your ss number when you have to submit your Medicare card for them in the first place. When they changed this system and use a number other than your SS number on your card, you do NOT have to give them your SS number at all...when they ask for it on your application paper work.

Part A hospitalization coverage is only free for persons who have earned it by WORKING for over 40 work quarters in their lifetime--approximately 10 years of work history. Persons with 30 or fewer work credit quarters can purchase Part A by paying a premium--$413/month in 2017. Persons with between 30-39 work credit quarters have a lower Part A premium--$227/month in 2017.

You are right, Also Naturalized citizens have to pay for Part A premiums but they are billed quarterly. My husband has to pay for this coverage even though he worked several years after he moved here. (We met in our 50s).

most of those who have not worked the 40 quarters and develop health issues and cannot work are usually qualifying for Medicaid



Thanks KarenSHIP and Over65. Fantastic stuff. Keep posting. Have captured this site for future reference for my entire family nearing 65. Best comment I had no idea you could purchase Part A if you do not have 40 work quarters: Medicare Tricare For Life VA Health Private Insurance How all this plays into healthcare if 65 and over, what comes first?

I appreciate the efforts provided by the FTC in terms of new Medicare cards without their SS numbers. However, April 2019 is VERY LONG and it is giving hackers/scammers more time to collect as much as they could before it is in effect. I strongly urge the FTC to authorize the Social Security to issue new SS numbers for those Medicare holders with the old SS numbers on it. That way, we will be able to eliminate most of the scammers. We ought to stop the corporations from selling our information to others including third parties.

We all can appreciate legit updates, but it makes you wonder is this anything different if you may have to show at least 2-3 id's with your Name/SSN. Do "MEDI- really CARE". Just saying!

this is now july, i haven't received mine.

the president donald trump say's we will hve dentaland eyevision can someone let me know.

Apply for Medicare online( super easy) you must have and pay for part b to be eligible for Tricare for Life. You'll need a new ID before your 65th and that process makes it automatic. I stressed over it but was all easy... Except forgetting to allow several months back to make an id appointment at your nearest Deers location... Had a half day travel to get mine where they could fit me in. Appointments fill up months in advance. If you turn 65 in July, July 1 is your start date.

Everyone else. I just blocked out all but the last 4 of my ss# on the Medicare card and no one said a word. In fact a person at a dr office suggested that!
PS change is by 2019 so of course you didn't receive yours yet.


It's about time the idiots at Medicare took our SS#'s OFF our Medicare Cards. Should have been done years ago.

Why do we need to wait until 2019 to get our new cards?

it's the same as when you play those games on your tablet/phone. they need access to your photos, media, stuff you've purchased and everything else. another way to steal your identy!

I've already been called several times in the last week with someone 'calling from Medicare' - after yelling at them and hanging up, to no avail, the next time I asked for their phone number, they hung up, then when they called again, I was more pleasant and was told that I was eligible for a new Medicare benefit but they needed to verify some information before they send the 'supplies' --I expressed delight but said I had to discuss w/my husband, asked for her phone # but she indicated she would put my number back in the system and someone would contact me again later -- I became upset and she hung up on me -no surprise! these callers seem to have an accent and they won't provide a number for you to call them back! Very similar to the IRS scams.

I got a call this morning from someone claiming to be with Medicare. I knew right away it was a scammer. The middle eastern accent, caller ID and when she rattled off my FORMER address to verify, I told her she was a scammer and hung up. I then reported it to Medicare and the FTC. The rep at the FTC said if I get any more calls like that, get as much info on them as possible and report it to update the complaint. It will help find these scammers and shut them down. My view on this, Scammers are CRIMINALS, if we don't report the crime, the criminals get away with the crimes they commit!

I just received a new Medicare card today. It is identical to the one I have with full SS# on it. Why would they be issuing a new card if they are not changing? Seems like a waste of time and money.

The Medicare cards will start being mailed between April 2018 and April 2019. They are going to be a mix of Upper Case Letters and Numbers and will still be a length of 11. Medicare also removed the sex and the signature portion.

I hope the new cards are not paper or cardboard like thery are now. They get "dog eared" in your wallet in no time. And, of course, do not include Social security numers on the new ones!

When on earth are they going to make the card in plastic?

Will the new cards be paper or plastic? If paper, can we laminate them? The old cards are ragged!

The new Medicare cards will be paper. Learn more about the new cards at

I have had Medicare part A since Dec 2016 when I turned 65 . I just filed to collect social security benefits & they told me I have to wait for the mailing of the new Medicare card to get the new #. Well the paperworK they gave me showing my monthly benefit alsoshows my new Medicare # - so if you want the new # before the mailing ask them to pull up your file in their database. They have the # and can give it to you.

For us seniors already on Medicare, and who already are signed up with doctors and specialists, what happens to the copies of our "old" Medicare cards currently on file with these health care providers? Are they required to destroy them when they receive our individual new cards? If not, it seems the new cards are a waste of taxpayer money as our SS numbers will remain exposed indefinitely.

My husband got his new Medicare card. I didn't get mine why?

The cards will be mailed in waves, to various parts of the country, from April 2018 until April 2019. So, your card may arrive at a different time than his.

Is it alright to laminate my Medicare card

Do Easy Payers for Part B pay monthly to CMS have to submit new paperwork or will the payments for Part B continue to be automatically deducted without need to reapply or notify?

Unfortunately my Mother fell victim recently to one of these calls stating that they were calling from the Medicare Office asking first if she's receive her new card and if she hasn't to please verify her social security number (she did because she hadn't). Well then she started asking more questions and once she did that they threatened to cancel her social security benefits. I reported it to the FTC but don't know if I should also report to the credit reporting agencies. I'm not all sure what they will do with my Mother's social security number now.

What do you do if you have already been scammed? And is it true your information cannot be used if you are part B and it is not your social security number.

How come your Medicare card is paper and not plastic?

I am getting worried because I did not yet receive my new Medicare Cards. I will need them for the many doctors' appointments, tests, and any surgery I may need. When can I expect them. I know I have until April, but doctors are starting to ask if I have my new one.

I recently got a call from this number: 800-Medicare/ 800-633-4227. The caller said they needed to register my new Medicare card, and asked for my I'd #. At that point I said I was uncomfortable and hung up. It really bothered me.

For a while the US military used the SS number for ID.
Before that each service member had a unique ID number, that went on our 'dog tag'.

We still have not received our new Medicare cards. I have sent email questions re: this, to no avail. All of our neighbors and friends in our area have received their cards several weeks ago. When can we expect to receive the cards?

I am wondering if they will be the same size and Paper cards? The current cards are larger than a common Drivers License or SS card and never fit in wallet slots and tear. As much as we have taken out of our income and contribute. One could think a durable card would be earned .

How do we know if the card has been mailed? I have received mine but my husband has not.

Someone from a phone # 645-203-4895 claiming to be from Medicare wanting to know if I had received my new Medicare card.
They knew all my basic info., name, address, dob, etc. They stated they needed to make sure my informaiton was updated in order to receive the new improved benefits. Ask if I had certain health problems. Told them I had Arthritis. They then stated if I qualified I would receive, at no cost, a pack, once approved by my primary dr. a back brack, knee brace. Told them I did not need any of these and I will not take advantage of the system if I don't need something. They got very pushy and I finally hung up. They called back went through the same thing. I told them I would not give any information that If they needed this information to send me a letter and I would respond. He kept on till I finally hung up.

My husband received a call from someone today wanting to send him a plastic version of his new Medicare card. He was asked for the new ID number and he gave it to them. Is this going to be a problem?


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