To combat identity theft, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is issuing new cards that do not contain Social Security numbers to beneficiaries in Georgia and other states.
Earlier this year, CMS began mailing the cards. Some Coweta Medicare beneficiaries have received their cards, but if you have not, the card is on the way.
New Medicare cards will gradually be mailed to everyone with Medicare based on geographic location and other factors.
After your new Medicare card arrives in the mail, you can start using it right away. Here are three things to do when your new card arrives:
- Carry your new Medicare card with you. Your doctors and health care providers know it’s coming and will ask for your new Medicare card when you need care.
- Destroy your old Medicare card. No need to hold onto it.
- Keep your Medicare Advantage Plan card. If you’re in a Medicare Advantage Plan, like an HMO or PPO, keep using your Medicare Advantage Plan ID card whenever you need care. Medicare beneficiaries who have a Part D drug plan or Medicare supplement plan should keep that card as well. As always carry your new Medicare card – you may be asked to show it.
The new Medicare card looks a little different, but Medicare coverage and benefits are still the same. Visit www.Medicare.gov/NewCard to learn more about your new Medicare card.