New Medicare ID Cards on the Way

Family caregivers, be on the lookout for your aging relative’s new Medicare ID cards to arrive in the mail. The Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services (CMS) recently announced the rollout schedule for new Medicare ID cards. The new cards had been previously announced, but CMS now has a timeline for when seniors can expect to receive theirs.

Caregiver in Jupiter FL: New Medicare ID Cards

Caregiver in Jupiter FL: New Medicare ID Cards

What’s New About the Cards?

Right now, Medicare uses a person’s Social Security Number to identify them. As you probably know, this can be a security issue that increases the risk for identity theft. The new cards will replace the Social Security Number with a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI). The number is 11 digits long and is randomly assigned. By making this change, CMS hopes to protect:

  • Private health care information.
  • Financial information.
  • Federal health care benefits.
  • Service payments.

Although CMS believes using the MBI will be more secure, it should still be considered confidential and kept safe.


When Can Seniors Expect to Receive Them?

AARP recommends that seniors or their family caregivers ensure that the address on file with CMS is correct before the scheduled mailing. Address changes can be made by calling Social Security Administration at 800-772-1213 or visiting Mailings will take place by state and territory. The schedule is as follows:

  • DE, DC, MD, PA, VA, WV, AK, AS, CA, GU, HI, MP, OR: April – June 2018.
  • All Other States and Territories: After June 2018.

All recipients should receive their new cards by December 2019.


What Else Should Caregivers Know?

Here are some other things that Medicare says people should know about their Medicare cards:

  • The new card does not signify any changes to Medicare benefits. The senior’s coverage and benefits will remain the same.
  • There is nothing seniors or their caregivers need to do to get a new card. It will automatically be mailed according to the schedule.
  • The old Medicare card should be destroyed as soon as the new card is received.
  • The new Medicare card will be paper, which is easier for providers to photocopy.
  • Health care providers are aware that the Medicare cards are changing, so they will ask to see the senior’s card. Be sure to carry it with you to appointments. However, if you forget it, the provider may be able to look the number up online.


CMS cautions against giving private information to scammers. New scams have already begun to pop up. CMS representatives will never ask seniors or caregivers for personal information. There is also no fee involved in receiving the new card.

If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Jupiter, FL, please call the caring staff at Activa Home Health Care at (561) 819-4112.  Serving Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Wellington, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Lauderhill, Coral Springs, Pompano Beach and surrounding communities.