New Medicare cards will be showing up in mailboxes before you know it! In a move to combat medical identity theft, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is issuing new cards that no longer include Social Security numbers. You’ve probably heard about this for a few years, but it’s finally happening… Every Medicare beneficiary is about to receive a new health insurance card
Starting in April 2018, new Medicare cards will gradually be mailed to everyone with Medicare based on geographic location and other factors
The SSN-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) is being replaced with an 11-character Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI), which is made up of numbers and uppercase letters. Each MBI is randomly generated and the characters don’t have any hidden or special meaning. Once you receive your new Medicare card with an MBI, you can use it right away and destroy your old card. Your coverage and benefits will stay the same. When will you receive a new Medicare card? The cards will be mailed to beneficiaries in waves. Here’s a breakdown of when you can expect to receive yours, according to Medicare:
Wave, States Included,Cards Mailing:
Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania,
Virginia, West Virginia
April – June 2018
Alaska, American Samoa, California, Guam, Hawaii,
Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon
April – June 2018
Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota,
Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota,
After June 2018
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire,
New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont
After June 2018
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina,
South Carolina
After June 2018
Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada,
New Mexico, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming
After June 2018
Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio,
Puerto Rico, Tennessee, Virgin Islands
After June 2018