New Medicare Cards for Minnesotans to start mailing after June 2018

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Medicare is removing Social Security numbers from Medicare cards to prevent fraud, fight identity theft, and keep taxpayer dollars safe. If you are a Minnesotan who has Medicare, Medicare will mail your new card to you sometime after June 2018 and before April 30, 2019. The new card has a Medicare number that is unique to you instead of your Social Security number. This will protect your identity and keep your information safe. Your Medicare coverage and benefits will stay the same.

To learn more, watch this short video on the new Medicare card and see the information below.

Do I have to do anything to get my new card?

No, you do not need to take any action to get your new card. Medicare will send you your new card. Just make sure your mailing address is up to date.

Understand that mailing everyone a new card takes time. Your card may arrive at a different time than your friend’s or neighbor’s does.

Medicare will never ask you to give personal or private information or charge you a fee to get your new Medicare number and card.

What if Medicare does not have my correct address?

If your address needs to be corrected, contact Social Security at socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. Or call 800-772-1213.

What should I do with my old card?

Once you get your new card, destroy your old card and start using your new card right away. Protect yourself by making sure no one can get your personal information from your old Medicare card.

What if I am in a Medicare Advantage Plan?

If you are in a Medicare Advantage Plan—like a health maintenance organization (HMO) or preferred provider organization (PPO)—your Medicare Advantage Plan ID card is your main card for Medicare. You should still keep and use it whenever you need care. However, you also may be asked to show your new Medicare card, so you should carry this card too.

Where can I get more information?

For more information, visit go.medicare.gov/newcard. Or see this new Medicare card flyer (PDF) and “10 Things to Know About Your New Medicare Card" handout (PDF).

2 thoughts on “New Medicare Cards for Minnesotans to start mailing after June 2018

  1. Harry Davids says:

    Are insurers and care providers required by law to destroy their existing patient Medicare numbers in their (meaning copies of the existing Medicare cards in their possession and other entries in their office records that include the existing Medicare card numbers) for each patient that provides a new MBI? If they can retain such data, for how long? Indefinitely? This question has to do with whether patients have the right to demand that their healthcare insurers and care providers destroy whatever data they have on file that includes their existing Medicare card numbers after the transition period ends.

    • robertson says:

      Please contact the Minnesota Medicare office at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) for more information and answers to your questions.

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