By April 2019, your will notice changes on your Medicare card. Your card will no longer show your Social Security number. Instead, it will be replaced with a new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI). The MBI will be used for checking your eligibility, billing, and claim status. New cards will be sent to you automatically. Cards will be sent to you for free - you do not need to pay anyone or give anyone your information.
Having your Social Security number removed from your Medicare card will help fight medical identity theft and protect your medical and financial information.
Though your SSN will be removed from your card, scammers will still find ways to try and take advantage of you. To avoid Medicare scams BBB suggests you:
- Protect your information. Keep your Medicare information private . Medicare won’t call you nor will they ask you for your Social Security number or bank account information.
- Be cautious of medical suppliers who contact you out of the blue. Medicare will never call or email you with product offers. Also, if an insurance agent calls or visits your home to sell a Medicare product, they are acting illegally.
- Don’t pay for a your new Medicare Card. Your new Medicare card is free. If someone asks you to pay for your new card that is a scam.
- Know your Medicare coverages. Offers for free medications or medical equipment are most likely scams. Also, your new Medicare cards will be mailed automatically. There will not be any changes to your benefits.
- Just hang up. If someone calls threatening to cancel your benefits if you don’t change your Medicare benefits or provide your personal information, just hang up.
- Review your monthly Medicare statements. Check your statements for any suspicious activity.
- Contact 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) with questions.