Medicare is mailing new Medicare cards starting in April 2018. Here are 10 things
to know about your new Medicare card:
Mailing takes time: Your card may arrive at a different time than your friend’s or neighbor’s.
Destroy your old Medicare card: Once you get your new Medicare card, destroy your old Medicare card and
start using your new card right away.
Guard your card: Only give your new Medicare Number to doctors, pharmacists, other health
care providers, your insurers, or people you trust to work with Medicare
on your behalf.
Your Medicare Number is unique: Your card has a new number instead of your Social Security Number. This
new number is unique to you.
Your new card is paper: Paper cards are easier for many providers to use and copy, and they save
taxpayers a lot of money. Plus, you can print your own replacement card
if you need one!
Keep your new card with you: Carry your new card and show it to your health care providers when you
Your doctor knows it’s coming: Doctors, other health care facilities and providers will ask for your
new Medicare card when you need care.
You can find your number: If you forget your new card, you, your doctor or other health care provider
may be able to look up your Medicare Number online.
Keep your Medicare Advantage Card: If you’re in a Medicare Advantage Plan (like an HMO or PPO), your
Medicare Advantage Plan ID card is your main card for Medicare –
you should still keep and use it whenever you need care. However, you
also may be asked to show your new Medicare card, so you should carry
this card too.
Help is available: If you don’t get your new Medicare card by April 2019, call 1-800-MEDICARE
(1-800-633-4227). TTY users can call 1-877-486-2048.
Download a PDF of this information
You have the right to get Medicare information in an accessible format,
like large print, Braille, or audio. You also have the right to file a
complaint if you feel you’ve been discriminated against. Visit
CMS.gov/about-cms/agency-information/aboutwebsite/cmsnondiscriminationnotice.html, or call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) for more information. TTY users
can call 1-877-486-2048.
Learn more about when the cards will come to your area at
Information provided by
Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services