Medicare ID Number Change



New Medicare ID numbers (also known offically as Medicare Beneficiary Identifier or MBI) will be issued removing your social security number. (Note: The new Medicare ID number will be replacing your existing Medicare ID number that previously included your social security number followed by a letter or two.)

The transition period started April 1, 2018 and will run through December 31, 2019, So if you haven’t received your new Medicare ID number yet, you should be receiving it relatively soon.

The main reasons they are taking the SSN off of Medicare cards is to fight medical identity theft for people with Medicare and also to help protect their privacy.

Don’t worry though, your Medicare benefits won’t be changed by the new Medicare ID number.


For more information, click on web links below:

https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/New-Medicare-Card/index

For a downloadable PDF:

https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNProducts/Downloads/MedicareCard-FactSheet-TextOnly-909365.pdf



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