Health Info & Resources for Seniors
New Medicare ID cards are coming, and people with Medicare in Pennsylvania will be among the first to receive them! The new cards will begin to be mailed in April 2018 and will have one major difference – a new Medicare ID number, which is not based on your Social Security number.
To curtail identity theft and Medicare fraud, Social Security numbers will be replaced by a random, 11-digit number that is unique to you. The new cards will be automatically sent to you in the mail by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
If you have moved, make sure to update your address with Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 or online with Social Security at www.ssa.gov/myaccount.
Tips to Remember:
- In Pennsylvania, the new Medicare cards will be mailed starting in April 2018. Mailing everyone a new card will take some time so you may not receive your new card at the same time as your friends and neighbors.
- You do not need to do anything! This change will be automatic. If someone calls you and says they need to confirm your identity, or your Medicare number, or that they need to “register” you for a new card, it’s a SCAM. Medicare and Social Security will not call you. Do not give out your personal information. If you get a call from someone and you’re just not sure, hang up and call Medicare.
- Your benefits will stay the same. The new Medicare cards will not change your coverage, and may be used upon receipt. When you receive your new card, please shred the old one.
- There is no charge for the new card. The card is free. No one should tell you there is a one-time fee, or that you will lose benefits if you don’t pay a fee or answer their questions.
If you have questions, or suspect Medicare fraud, please contact the Pennsylvania Senior Medicare Patrol (PA-SMP) at the Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly (CARIE) at 1-800-356-3606 or visit www.carie.org. CARIE’s services are always free and confidential.
For more information about the new Medicare cards, please visit: www.cms.gov/newcard.