Here’s What You Need to Know

Beginning in April and continuing through April 2019, the Centers for
Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin mailing out new Medicare cards. Cards will be sent out to select states in waves. Here in Florida, these cards should start arriving sometime after June.

Instead of a Social Security Number, the new card will have a unique Medicare
number. This is designed to deter the theft of Social Security numbers, help protect identities and keep personal information more secure. Medicare
coverage and benefits will stay the same.

Medicare will automatically mail new cards at no cost to the address on file with
the Social Security Administration. So, make sure your address is up-to-date.
An address can be updated easily by signing in to or creating an account at or by calling 1-800- 772-1213. TTY users can call 1-800-325-

When you receive your card, remember these three important tips:

1. Destroy your old Medicare card

right away.

2. Use your new card. Doctors,
other health care providers, and plans
approved by Medicare know that
Medicare is replacing the old cards. They
are ready to accept your new card when
you need care.

3. Beware of people contacting
you about your new Medicare card and
asking you for your Medicare Number,
personal information, or to pay a fee for
your new card. Remember the new cards
are free. Treat your Medicare Number
like you treat your Social Security or
credit card numbers. Medicare will never
contact you uninvited
to ask for your personal

Turning 65 soon? Start planning ahead. Once Medicare eligibility begins, you’ll
have a 7-month Initial Enrollment Period to sign up. For most people, this is 3 months before, the month of, and 3 months after their 65th birthday. If you don’t sign up at age 65 and then decide to enroll later, you may pay a lifetime late enrollment penalty and you may have a gap in medical insurance coverage. There are exceptions, but play it safe, and ask your Medicare or Social Security representative about your personal situation.

For more information about the new Medicare card, visit


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