The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (#CMS) is required to remove Social Security Numbers (SSNs) from all Medicare cards by April 2019. A new, unique #Medicare Number is replacing the SSN-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) on each new Medicare card.
Starting April 2018, #CMS is mailing new Medicare cards to all people with Medicare on a flow basis, based on geographic location and other factors. These mailings will follow the sequence outlined below. Additional details on timing will be available as the mailings progress. Starting in April 2018, people with Medicare can get information about the mailings and sign up for emails about the status of card mailings in their area on Medicare.gov/NewCard.
Here’s how you can get ready:
■ Make sure your mailing address is up to date. If your address needs to be corrected, contact Social Security at ssa.gov/myaccount or 1-800-772-1213. TTY users can call 1-800-325-0778.
■ Beware of anyone who contacts you about your #newMedicarecard. We’ll never ask you to give us personal or private information to get your new Medicare Number and card.
■ Understand that mailing everyone a new card will take some time. Your card might arrive at a different time than your friend’s or neighbor’s.
Begging May 2018, the first mailing wave:
Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia
Alaska, American Samoa, #California, Guam, Hawaii, Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon
Begging June 2018
"Have questions about your #NewMedicareCard? www.Medicare.gov has the answers: wwww.go.Medicare.gov/newcard "