The Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services (CMS) have officially announced their seven-stage rollout schedule for the new Medicare cards. These new cards have been designed to help prevent Medicare fraud, but they are still red, white, and blue.
It will no longer have the beneficiary’s Social Security number, gender, signature, or any other personal information that could potentially put the Medicare beneficiary at risk for fraud. With the new cards comes a new Medicare number for beneficiaries. They now have an 11-character number that is randomly assigned.
The mailing schedule is as follows:
- April – June 2018: Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia.
- April – June 2018: Alaska, American Samoa, California, Guam, Hawaii, Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon.
- After June 2018: Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, Virgin Islands.
All beneficiaries should make sure that their current address is the one listed and that it is correct before the mailing begins in April. In order to make changes, you can contact the Social Security Administration by calling 800-772-1213 or online by logging on to your ssa.gov/myaccount.
Remember that no one from CMS will contact you asking for personal or private information, or for money to get your new Medicare card. Beware of scammers, and guard your information.
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