New Medicare Cards Are ComingBy Katherine L on April 2, 2018 | In Social Security Claims Process
In an effort to prevent fraud and identity theft, the Social Security Administration (SSA) is replacing Medicarecards for all beneficiaries, including many of those receiving Social Security Disability (SSDI)benefits. The new cards will not display the beneficiary’s Social Security number. Instead, each card will have a randomly assigned Medicare Beneficiary Identifier composed of 11 letters and numbers.
More than 15 million Americans were victims of identity theft in 2016. In fact, ID theft occurs once every 2 seconds!
Here’s what you need to know about the new Medicare cards:
- There is no benefit or coverage change associated with the new cards.
- There is no cost associated with getting a new card.
- Cards will be distributed via the U.S. Postal Service to all 58 million current beneficiaries.
- The distributions will begin in April 2018 and conclude by April 2019.
- It’s a good idea to check that the SSA has your correct address on file. You can check your My Account
- When you receive your new card, destroy – shred – the old one and begin using the new card right away.
Don’t worry if your family, friends, and neighbors receive their new cards before you. All distributions will be completed in waves by next April.
Be Watchful for New Medicare Card Scams
Even though the mailing of new Medicare cards is just beginning, there are scams already surfacing.
There is no cost for a new card, so don’t give out your Medicare number or checking account number if you get a call demanding this information.
Only share your new Medicare number with doctors, pharmacists, and other healthcare providers as well as your insurance company.
Medicare will never ask you to give personal information in order to get your new card.
We Can Help With Your Social Security Disability Claim
If you or a loved one has been denied Worker’s Compensationor Social Security Disability (SSDI)benefits, it’s important to get an attorney experienced in these types of cases involved immediately. Call the Kenton Koszdin Law Officeat 800.438.7734for your initial free consultation, either in our Van Nuys office or in the comfort of your own home. Kenton Koszdincan help you navigate the application process for the best possible outcome for you and your family.