New Medicare ID Cards Are Coming

Starting April 2018 through April 2019, Medicare will begin mailing new ID cards to all people with Medicare. Social security numbers are being removed from the cards to prevent fraud and identity theft. The new Medicare card will feature a new number that is unique to each member, called a Member Beneficiary Identifier (MBI).

The estimated mailing date for South Carolina is after June 2018.

What do I need to do?

If you are a member:

  • Once the new Medicare card is received, destroy the old Medicare card.
  • You don’t need to do anything to get your new card, and you can start using it right away.
  • Contact the Social Security Administration (SSA) to make sure your address is up to date. Medicare uses the name and address you have on file with Social Security.
  • For additional information, visit the CMS New Medicare Card home page .

If you are a provider:

  • Go to CMS’ New Medicare Card provider website and sign-up for the weekly MLN Connects® newsletter.
  • Attend CMS quarterly calls to get more information. We’ll let you know when calls are scheduled in the MLN Connects newsletter.
  • Verify all of your Medicare patients’ addresses. If the addresses you have on file are different than the Medicare address you get on electronic eligibility transactions, ask your patients to contact Social Security and update their Medicare records.
  • Work with CMS to help your Medicare patients adjust to their new Medicare card.
  • Test your system changes and work with your billing office staff to be sure your office is ready to use the new MBI format .
  • For additional information, visit the Provider section of the CMS New Medicare Card webpage .



Frequently Asked Questions

New Medicare Card Mailing Timeline

CMS’ New Medicare Card Website

New Medicare Card Overview

New Medicare Card Provider Website

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