Medicare has updated its healthcare insurance cards. Please bring your new Medicare card with you to all your medical appointments.
Understanding the changes in Medicare cards
Medicare removed Social Security numbers from Medicare cards. This will help protect the identity of individuals on Medicare.
Each person on Medicare will get a new Medicare number that’s unique to them, and it will only be used for Medicare coverage. The new card won’t change any coverage or benefits. Everyone who is enrolled in Medicare will get more information directly from Medicare when their new card is mailed out.
Only share your Medicare number with your healthcare providers, your insurers or people you trust to work with Medicare on your behalf.
Here’s what the new card looks like
For individuals on a Medicare Advantage Plan, your Medicare Advantage Plan ID card is your main Medicare card. Those who have a Medicare drug plan will need to make sure they receive and keep that card as well. Even if you primarily use the Medicare Advantage Plan ID card or the Medicare drug card, you may be asked to show your Medicare card, so make sure you bring it to all your medical appointments.
Didn’t receive your new card?
Residents of California should have received their new cards around June of 2018. If you lost or damaged your Medicare card, visit your MyMedicare.gov account to print off a new copy of your card.
If you didn’t receive your card, make sure the address the Social Security office has on file for you is up to date by visiting or creating an account at my Social Security or by calling 1-800-772-1213. TTY users can call 1-800-325-0778.