The new Medicare cards have now been mailed to recipients in most states.
The cards have a new Medicare number that’s unique to you, instead of a Social Security number. This helps protect your identity. Carrying the old cards around in your pocketbook or purse meant that if either were stolen, the thief would have your Social Security number. I’ve wondered for years why this change wasn’t made.
You should only give your new Medicare number to doctors, pharmacists, other health care providers, or your insurers.
Scam artists are busy trying to get your Medicare information by contacting you about your new card. If someone asks you for your information, for money, or threatens to cancel your health benefits if you don’t share your personal information, hang up and call Medicare at 800-633-4227.
Medicare will never call you uninvited and ask you to give personal or private information to get your new Medicare Number and card.
Click here to see a map of which states have received their cards and which states the cards are currently being mailed to.