The New Medicare Card and What It Means for CHOICE Medicare Members

Between April 2018 and April 2019, new cards will be sent out to all Medicare beneficiaries nationwide. New York residents will start receiving their cards in June.

The Railroad Retirement Board will also issue new cards to RRB beneficiaries. 

Why are Medicare cards being replaced?

To help keep your information more secure, new cards won't have your Social Security number. Instead, new Medicare cards will have a Medicare number that is unique to you. This is to protect your identity and help prevent fraud.

What are the key differences?

  • Medicare is replacing Social Security numbers with a new, unique Medicare claim number.
  • This new system will be more secure and help protect Medicare members from fraud.
  • It's easier for members to read and easier for providers to copy and scan.
  • The cards will be smaller, to match the size of a standard credit card.
  • The gender and signature lines will not appear on the new card.

How will this affect me?

  • The new Medicare card will not change your coverage or benefits and does not replace your plan ID.
  • Your new Medicare number is needed to join, leave, or switch to a different plan. You may also be asked to show your Medicare card for hospital services.
  • Keep a look out for more information from Medicare. The new card will come with instructions.

Last updated: 4/5/2018

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