10 Things To Know About Your New Medicare Card


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1. MAILING  TAKES TIME-  The  timetable for   mailing   new   cards is   April   2018 through   April,   2019,   so everyone   will receive their cards at different times.  
2. DESTROY YOUR OLD MEDICARE CARD- Once you receive your new Medicare Card, destroy your old Medicare card and start using your new card as soon as you get it.
3. GUARD YOUR CARD- Give your new Medicare Number to ONLY your doctors, pharmacists, other health care providers, and people you trust to work with Medicare on your behalf.
4. YOUR MEDICARE NUMBER IS UNIQUE- Your new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier number is unique to you.
5. YOUR NEW CARD IS PAPER- Paper cards are easier for providers to scan and copy. Using    paper    save    taxpayers money.   Plus, you  can  print your  own replacement card if you need one!
6. CARRY YOUR NEW CARD WITH YOU- Carry your new card to provide to health care providers when you need care.
7. YOUR DOCTOR KNOWS IT'S COMING- Doctors, other health care facilities, and providers will ask for your new Medicare card when you need care.
8. YOU CAN LOOK UP YOUR NUMBER- Your MBI can be found online.
9. KEEP YOUR MEDICARE ADVANTAGE CARD- Your Medicare Advantage (MA) Plan ID card is still your MAIN CARD for Medicare. Carry your new Medicare Card in case your provider asks for it.
10. HELP IS AVAILABLE-  If you  don't get your new Medicare card by April 2019, call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) TTY users - 1-877-486-2048, or visit the Medicare.


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