Medicare is mailing new Medicare cards that replace every existing Medicare card. As we wrote here, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015, signed by former President Barack Obama, required new cards be issued without social security numbers. So far, Medicare beneficiaries in six U.S. states have all received their new cards, while some in thirteen other states have theirs.
Since this is a major undertaking, Medicare is mailing the new cards in waves. This page will be updated as we receive the latest information from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Mailing Status of New Medicare Cards by State
|Arizona||Arkansas||District Of Columbia|
|New Jersey||Northern Mariana Islands|
|U.S. Virgin Islands|
Reminders About New Medicare Cards
- As long as your address is up to date with Medicare/Social Security, your new card will automatically come to you. If your address needs to be changed, Medicare asks that you update it via the mySocialSecurity secure website, even if you don’t get Social Security benefits. Another option is by calling 1-800-772-1213 or by visiting your local office. Addresses and directions to the local offices may be obtained from the Office Locator.
- When you receive your new Medicare card, shred or otherwise destroy your current Medicare card. Remember that the old card contains your social security number.
- Your new Medicare Number is a combination of letters and numbers. Fact: some letters are never used (Z, S, O, L, I, B).