New Medicare Cards
Medicare will mail new Medicare cards between April 2018 – April 2019. To help protect your identity, your new card will have a unique Medicare Number instead of your Social Security Number. The new card won’t change your coverage or benefits. Here’s what you need to know:
According to Medicare.gov/newcard
If you live in one of the following states the new Medicare Cards are being mailed now (takes at least 1 month): Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, or Wyoming.
And they have finished mailing out your new Medicare Cards: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, or Wisconsin.
A few more things from Medicare.gov about your new Medicare card
3 things to know
- 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 My Social Security account.
- Once you get your new Medicare card, destroy your old Medicare card and start using your new card right away.
- Your new Medicare Number is a unique combination of numbers and letters. Your new number uses numbers 0 thru 9. The letters S, L, O, I, B, and Z are never used.