Periodically, I plan to remind my clients, community partners, and neighbors that Medicare cards are undergoing a big change to make them more secure. Medicare is rolling out new cards starting this month and continuing through April 2019. This change has brought on New Medicare Card Scams focusing on how to get the new card. These new cards are more secure. They do this as they use a “Medicare Beneficiary Identifier” instead of a Social Security number.
Understanding Your Medicare Card is important so you know how best to use it. When you’re enrolled in Medicare, you’ll receive in the mail your red, white, and blue Medicare card. If you’re automatically enrolled, you’ll get your Medicare card in the mail 3 months before your 65th birthday or your 25th month of getting disability benefits. Your Medicare card shows that you have Medicare health insurance Part A (Hospital Insurance), Part B (Medical Insurance) or both, and it shows the date your coverage starts. Knowing how your card works, how to report a stolen Medicare Card, how preventing ID Fraud are all covered in this article so you are better informed.
Your Medicare card is your proof that you hold Medicare health insurance. This card shows whether you have hospital insurance (Part A), medical insurance (Part B), or both and states when your coverage started. In many cases, you’ll need to present your Medicare card when you receive health services like seeing a doctor, getting an x-ray, or filling a prescription for medication. But what should you do you if your card is lost or stolen? The following steps will help you secure a replacement Medicare card.
Source: SSNRI home – Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015, requires us to remove Social Security Numbers (SSNs) from all Medicare cards by April 2019. A new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) will replace the SSN-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) on … Keep Reading..
Medicare is preparing to change your Medicare Card.
Coming next year Medicare will stop using a person’s Social Security number for identification. They will send new cards to patients with Medicare IDs (special Medicare number). The change is due to a new law enacted two years ago to help prevent identity theft.