20 Sep Ten Things You Need to Know About the New Medicare Cards
We like to keep everyone updated on all the changes in the world of healthcare insurance. As such, there are some changes coming in the world of Medicare, specifically Medicare cards. As a follow up, we’d like to give you even more information, so here are ten things you need to know about the new medicare cards.
1. Your new card will automatically come to you. You don’t need to do anything as long as your address is up to date. If you need to update your address, visit your mySocial Security account.
2. Your new card will have a NEW Medicare Number that’s unique to you, instead of your Social Security Number. This will help to protect your identity.
3. Your Medicare coverage and benefits will stay the same.
4. Your card may arrive at a different time than your friend’s or neighbor’s. Mailing takes time.
5. The new card is paper, which is easier for many providers to use and copy.
6. Once you receive your new Medicare card, destroy the old Medicare card and start using your new card right away.
7. If you’re in a Medicare Advantage Plan (like an HMO or PPO), your Medicare Advantage Plan ID card is your main card for Medicare—you should still keep and use it whenever you need care. And, if you have a Medicare drug plan, make sure they keep that card as well. Even if you use one of these other cards, you may be asked to show your new Medicare card, so keep it with you.
8. Doctors, other health care providers, and facilities know it’s coming and will ask you for your new Medicare card when you need care.
9. Only give your new Medicare Number to doctors, pharmacists, other health care providers, your insurers, or people you trust to work with Medicare on your behalf.
10. If you forget your new card, you, your doctor, or other health care providers may be able to look up their Medicare Number online.