Using Your New Medicare Card
As we shared on our Florida Blue blog last November, you may soon receive a new red, white and blue Medicare card.
Medicare wants to help keep your information more secure and help protect your identity. Between April 2018 and April 2019, Medicare will remove Social Security numbers from Medicare cards as well as your gender and your signature. You’ll get a new Medicare Number that’s unique to you.
The new card won’t change your Florida Blue coverage or benefits. You’ll get more information from Medicare when your new card is mailed.
Florida Blue Medicare Advantage (HMO, PPO) members: Your Florida Blue BlueMedicare member ID card is your main card for Medicare. You should still keep and use it whenever you need care. Put your new Medicare card in a safe place. Your Florida Blue member ID card is the only card you’ll need.
- Florida Blue BlueMedicare Supplement and Rx (PDP) members: Keep your new card with you. Carry your new card and show it to your health care providers when you need care.
Your new card will come from CMS—not Florida Blue. Floridians should start to receive their new Medicare cards after June 2018.
Here’s how you can get ready:
- Make sure your mailing address is up to date with Social Security. If your address needs to be corrected, contact Social Security at ssa.gov/myaccount or 1-800-772-1213. TTY users can call 1-800-325-0778.
- Beware of anyone who contacts you about your new Medicare card. We’ll never ask you to give us personal or private information to get your new Medicare Number and card. Check out the Social Security Administration’s page on scam awareness: oig.ssa.gov/newsroom/scam-awareness.
- Understand that mailing everyone a new card will take some time. Your card might arrive at a different time than your friend’s or neighbor’s. Even your spouse’s card could arrive at a different time than yours.
Want more information?
Sign up on Medicare.gov/newcard for emails with information about the new card, Open Enrollment and other Medicare news. Just enter your email address, select your state and click the “Sign Up” button.
Click here to read “10 Things to Know About Your New Medicare Card”:
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Anne Ebright is a part of the Enterprise Communications team in Jacksonville, Florida. She is passionate about helping Medicare customers make sense of their health coverage. With six children all grown up, she enjoys spending time with her husband, walking their Yorkie and two Doberman Pinschers, and playing the piano.