by Kristin P. Sinclair – A Accu Tax – September 6, 2018
You might have yours already, if not they are being mailed in stages. It is expected that over the next month or so, Medicare Beneficiaries who are residents in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida will be getting new cards.
So something to think about, is your address current with Social Security and with Medicare? You certainly want your important mail to get to You. And You definitely would not want someone else to get your mail.
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. Visit your local office, or call to schedule your appointment. Find out what you need to have with you to provide proof you are you…..
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. And Letters.
The letters S, L, O, I, B, and Z are never used.
Watch out for scams
Medicare will never call you uninvited and ask you to give personal or private information to get your new Medicare Number and card.
Scam artists may try to get personal information (like your current Medicare Number) by contacting you about your new card.If someone asks you for your information, for money, or threatens to cancel your health benefits if you don’t share your personal information, hang up and call us at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).
When you visit your insurance agent in October or November to review your drug plan options you will want to have your new medicare card with you if it has arrived. As well has a current PDP card as well. And a list of the medications that you are taking. Your Medicare Number is referenced on your application for your Medicare Part D plan coverage even though you have a unique ID number for your drug coverage with your insurance company.
When your new medicare card arrives, feel free to call your insurance company to inquire how they update their records when new medicare cards numbers are issued. Find out if they need you to update them, or if they are updated by Medicare. You want to be the person in the know. You want to feel confident that you are in control.
Guard your card and protect your personal information
To help protect your identity, Medicare is mailing new Medicare cards. Your new card will have a new Medicare Number that’s unique to you, instead of your Social Security Number.
Don’t share your Medicare Number or other personal information with anyone who contacts you by phone, email, or by approaching you in person, unless you’ve given them permission in advance.
Medicare, or someone representing Medicare, will only call and ask for personal information in these situations:
- A Medicare health or drug plan can call you if you’re already a member of the plan. Theagent who helped you join can also call you.
- A customer service representative from 1-800-MEDICARE can call you if you’ve calledand left a message or a representative said that someone would call you back.
- Only give personal information like your Medicare Number to doctors, insurers acting onyour behalf, or trusted people in the community who work with Medicare like your StateHealth Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP).
- Be familiar with how Medicare uses your personal information. If you join a Medicareplan, the plan will let you know how it will use your personal information.If someone calls you and asks for your Medicare Number or other personal information, hang up and call Medicare at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).