New Medicare ID Cards Coming Soon

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Starting in April of 2018 everyone will get a new Medicare ID card and new Medicare ID number. This new number will be have nothing to do with you social security number! This video explains wheat to expect and how to be prepared.

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2018 will mark one of the biggest events in Medicare since the Modernization of Medicare supplements in 2010 — and no one is talking about it to the consumer yet!

What’s happening?

Everyone on Medicare will get a new Medicare number and card as of April 2018. Yep, an entirely new, random Medicare claim number.

This is big and we will have the details in this article.

I am writing this in May of 2017. Two years ago, in April of 2015, Congress passed and the President signed a new law referred to as the Medicare Doc Fix. The focus of the law was to fix an 18-year old problem related to how much doctors were paid for Medicare services.

Well, that issue was finally resolved in 2015 and an equally important, but less newsworthy problem was also addressed with the same law.

The problem? Your Medicare card is one of the greatest sources of ID theft in the country. If you haven’t yet noticed, your Medicare number is either your, or your spouse’s Social Security number with a letter on the end. That’s it.

If you worked your 40-quarters and earned your own social security income it will likely be your social security number. If you are using your spouse’s social security, your Medicare number will be their social security number with a different letter on the end. I wonder if the government thought they were disguising the social security number by putting a letter on the end? Kind of like no one figuring out who the Lone ranger was because fo that tiny mask.

Believe it or not, The Social Security Administration started the process of advising that Medicare to stop using Social Security numbers on Medicare cards back in 2006! It will be 12-years in the making when their advice comes to fruition. Nothing moves quickly in government.

So, most importantly ….

Mark your 2018 calendar to be on the lookout for mail from Medicare in April 2018. I wonder how many people will miss that letter. the letter with their new Medicare card and medicare number?

Second; if you are carrying your Medicare Card on your person now, please reconsider. I advise, and the report from Social Security advises that you keep your Medicare card in a safe place, not on your person. Only use your Medicare card when you are seeing a new doctor.

If you have a Medicare supplement, just keep that Medicare supplement card with you. You can’t have a Medicare supplement without Original Medicare, so if anything happens to you, like an accident, Emergency and Hospital staff will know you have Medicare because you have a supplement.

New Medicare Numbers & ID Cards Coming Soon

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