PART D OPEN ENROLLMENT OCTOBER 15 - DECEMBER 7
(Comparison Worksheet and Information HERE)
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NEW MEDICARE CARDS – What You Need to Know
Here are some important points from CMS about your Medicare card and new number which you will receive
between April 2018 and April 2019
Here is a presentation prepared by CMS about the new Medicare card and number recipients will receive this year.
Check now to make sure your mailing address is up to date. Call Social Security or visit their website to update your address if you need to do so, at 1-800-772-1213 or ssa.gov/myaccount
Be aware that nobody from Social Security will EVER call you about your new Medicare card or ask for personal or private information in order for you to get your new card and number.
The Railroad Retirement Board will issue new cards to RRB beneficiaries. Those cards will have the RRB logo, but you cannot tell from looking at the new Medicare number if it’s for a RRB beneficiary.
Your card will probably arrive at a different time than your friend’s or your neighbor’s
Medicare is removing Social Security Numbers from Medicare Cards. Your new Medicare “Number” can include numbers and letters, which will be unique to you. The key position 2, 5, 8 and 9 will be alphabetic in the new Medicare “numbers.”
Once you receive your new card, securely destroy your old card and start using the new one. Protect yourself by making sure nobody can get your personal information from your old Medicare card.
The primary reason this is happening is to decrease vulnerability to identity theft, by removing your Social Security Number-based number from your card and replacing it with a unique Medicare “Number.” Numbers that were assigned to all recipients, whether deceased, archived, currently active or new-to-Medicare beneficiaries, will be replaced.
Gender and signature line won’t appear on the new Medicare cards.
Keep your new “Medicare Number” confidential! Don’t share it (or any other personal information) with anyone who contacts you by phone, email or approaches you in person, unless you have given them permission in advance. If in doubt, don’t give information out!
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