New Medicare cards arrive later this year
Social Security Numbers will be removed from the new Medicare cards to prevent fraud, fight identity theft, and keep your account safe. The new Medicare cards will arrive in New York after June 2018.
Why remove the SSN?
The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015, requires the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to remove Social Security Numbers (SSNs) from all Medicare cards by April 2019.
What number will I use?
A new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) will replace the SSN-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) on the new Medicare cards for Medicare transactions like billing, eligibility status, and claim status.
“We’re taking this step to protect our seniors from fraudulent use of Social Security numbers which can lead to identity theft and illegal use of Medicare benefits.
“We want to be sure that Medicare beneficiaries and healthcare providers know about these changes well in advance and have the information they need to make a seamless transition.”
What do the new Medicare cards mean for people with Medicare?
The MBI won’t change your Medicare benefits. People with Medicare may start using their new Medicare cards and MBIs as soon as they get them.
The effective date of the new cards, like the old cards, is the date each beneficiary was or is eligible for Medicare.
Once beneficiaries get their new Medicare cards with an MBI, they can use their new cards to enroll in a Medicare health (Medicare Advantage) or drug plan. Those Medicare beneficiaries who do choose to enroll in Medicare health and/or drug plans will still also get an insurance card from their health and/or drug plans. As always, while beneficiaries are enrolled in health and/or drug plans, they should use the cards from those plans when they get health care and/or prescriptions.
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