New Medicare Card to be Issued Beginning April 2018
January 01, 2018
Due to the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015, Medicare is required to remove all Social Security Numbers (SSN) from all Medicare cards by April 2019 and replacing the SSN with a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI).
Beginning in April 2018, Medicare will be mailing new Medicare cards with the new MBI to all people with Medicare in phases by geographic locations.
“By replacing the SSN on all Medicare cards, it will help fight against medical identity theft for people with Medicare,” said Alana Wilson, CCMH Medical Billing Specialist. “The MBI will not change Medicare beneficiaries’ benefits in any way and they may start using the card as soon as they receive it in the mail.”
Once beneficiaries receive their new Medicare cards with their MBI, they can use their new cards to enroll in a Medicare Advantage or drug plan.
For more information or questions, call the CCMH Billing Department at 660-542-1695, ext. 7300, or 1-800-Medicare (1-800-633-4227).