Monday, September 10, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
By now, everyone should have heard that new Medicare cards are being issued starting April of 2018. It will contain a brand-new number and is not just a replacement card.
Why are the cards being replaced? The biggest reason is to prevent medical identity fraud. The number will no longer contain your social security number. This will help to protect private health care and financial information, and federal health care benefit and service payments. It does not affect your coverage but will have a new MBI (Medicare beneficiary identifier), which is randomly assigned and unique to you.
The timeline for replacement extends through August 2018. They are being issued according to geographic location. New Jersey recipients are in wave 4, which started beginning July 2018. You can sign up for emails about the status of card mailings on Medicare.gov/NewCard.
All Medicare cards will be replaced by April 2019. There is a transition period for your medical providers to be able to use your old number, but that will end. It’s very important to bring your new card to the business office as soon as you receive it.
There are educational materials and answers to frequently asked questions available on the CMS website at www.cms.gov/Medicare/New-Medicare-Card/index.html.
by Pam Davis, MDS Coordinator