New Medicare cards are being issued to beneficiaries as a measure by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to help prevent fraud against seniors. Get more information about what to expect following the announcement of this major change.
New Medicare cards are in the mail as of April 1 and will feature a number of changes that beneficiaries and caregivers should look out for. They will continue to be sent through 2019 and are not required to be used until December 2019.
There are over 60 million Medicare beneficiaries in the United States and over 1.2 million Medicare physicians across a variety of specialties. The new Medicare cards have been released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as a way to help fortify this network against widespread scams and fraud targeting seniors.
The first major difference in the new Medicare cards is that they will no longer feature the beneficiary’s social security number on them. The removal of this personal information should serve as a measure to safeguard it from identity theft scams and the like.
Here are other things to note about the new Medicare cards:
Free of Charge
New Identifying Medicare Number
No Change in Coverage
Paper Replacement Cards
Medicare Contact Information for More Help
Help is available if needed. To correct information appearing on the new card, contact Social Security directly at the official website. If a new Medicare card isn’t received by April 2019, beneficiaries can call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). To report scammers, call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) or visit the FTC website to file a report.
This video from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services provides more information.
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