Medicare has redesigned its membership cards in an attempt to protect people’s identity from theft and prevent fraud. Here is what to know about your Medicare card. Private information, like your Social Security Number (SSN), will no longer be displayed. Your Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) will be a randomly-assigned, 11-digit number that will replace your Social Security number.
The mailing will start in April. The cards will be mailed by state over the next year. It is all automatic, you do not need to do anything. When you receive the new Medicare card, destroy your old one – be sure to destroy it so that no one else could use it.
Medicare Advantage cards not being replaced
Note that these are new Medicare cards, not Medicare Advantage cards. If you are a Medicare Advantage member, that membership card will not change. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) advises you to keep the new card with your Advantage card in case a provider might request it. Your Medicare benefits will not change at all with the new cards. The same goes for Medicare Part D stand-alone plan cards. Keep that card alongside the new Medicare card that proves your eligibility for Medicare Parts A and B.