|Posted on March 1, 2018 at 4:40 PM|
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (Medi-Cal) Services have announced that new Medicare cards will be sent to all by April 2019. They are removing Social Security Numbers from the cards, and a new identifying number will replace it. You may receive your card at a different time than your neighbor, and this helps to keep mail thieves away. Mailing begins this April.
The card will be printed on paper, and if you ever lose it, you can always print a new one yourself! If you have another card for your Medicare Advantage plan, you should still keep it, and carry it with your Medicare card for use during your medical appointments. Do not share your number with anyone who is not directly billing for a medical appointment. You should also destroy your OLD Medicare card, once you receive the new one. Remember, the old card has your Social Security Number on it, so disposing of it properly will guard off identity theft, and keep you safe.
Check out this video about the new cards: