Medicare Cards with Social Security Numbers No Longer Accepted

Medicare card with Social Security number crossed out; cards no longer accepted

In order to protect your privacy and healthcare information, you will no longer be able to use your Medicare card if it has your Social Security number on it. Instead, new Medicare cards will list your Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI), also known as your Medicare Beneficiary Number.  

When did my card ship?

Medicare began shipping new cards in April of 2018 and finished in June 2018. Medicare beneficiaries in every state who had Medicare at that point should have already received a new card. 

If you did not receive a card or need to correct information on your card, you can contact the Social Security Administration at 800-772-1213 or by logging into your mySocialSecurity account at

How do I get a replacement card?

If your new card becomes lost or damaged, don’t panic. You can print a copy yourself at

What about Medicare Advantage and Part D cards?

If you have a Medicare Advantage plan, your card will not change unless you change plans. The same applies to your Medicare Part D prescription drug card. 

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