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REMINDER: New Medicare Cards to Start Mailing in June

Medicare is removing Social Security numbers from Medicare cards to prevent fraud, fight identity theft and keep taxpayer dollars safe. Medicare will mail new cards to Minnesotans on Medicare sometime after June 2018 and before April 30, 2019. The following information from the Minnesota Department of Human Services can help you respond to questions you may receive from residents.  

The new card has a Medicare number that is unique to you instead of your Social Security number. This will protect your identity and keep your information safe. Your Medicare coverage and benefits will stay the same. Watch this short video on the new Medicare card to learn more and see the information below. 

Do I have to do anything to get my new card?

No. Medicare will send you your new card. Make sure your mailing address is up to date. Understand that mailing everyone a new card takes time and that your card may arrive at a different time than your friend’s or neighbor’s card does. Medicare will never ask you to give personal or private information or charge you a fee to get your new Medicare number and card. 

What if Medicare does not have my correct address?

If your address needs to be corrected, contact Social Security at socialsecurity.gov/myaccount or call 800-772-1213. 

What should I do with my old card?

Once you get your new card, destroy your old card and start using your new card right away. Protect yourself by making sure no one can get your personal information from your old Medicare card. 

What if I am in a Medicare Advantage Plan?

If you are in a Medicare Advantage Plan—like a health maintenance organization (HMO) or preferred provider organization (PPO)—your Medicare Advantage Plan ID card is your main card for Medicare. You should keep that card 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. 

Where can I get more information?

For more information, visit go.medicare.gov/newcard. Or see this new Medicare card flyer and “10 Things to Know About Your New Medicare Card" handout.

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