What can you tell me about the new Medicare Card?


What is all this I've been hearing about a new Medicare card?  Is the one I already have still good? Mary Beth.


Thank you for your excellent question, Mary Beth.  In an effort to prevent fraud and fight identity theft, with hopes of keeping taxpayer dollars safe, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are removing Social Security Numbers from all Medicare cards.  You will now have a new and unique Medicare number on your Medicare card. 

Starting in April 2018, Medicare will be mailing new Medicare cards to all people with Medicare on a geographical flow basis.  Maryland and states surrounding Maryland will be in the first wave of new cards that will be mailed starting in April 2018.  So, be on the lookout for your new Medicare card starting in April!  Once you receive it, please be sure to bring it to your next appointment so we can update our records with your new unique Medicare number!  

Your current Medicare card is still valid, however, once you receive your new card, you are encouraged to destroy your old card and start using your new card immediately.   If you are currently enrolled in a Medicare Advantage program, you will keep using your plan card as you do now.  For more information you can click here.  Happy Spring!

- Kristin Boswell, Director of Patient Services and Billing

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