To improve security and comply with the Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services, or CMS, declared its intention to begin issuing Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers on Medicare cards.
The Social Security Number Removal Initiative minimizes the burdens that the transition places on beneficiaries. Although the Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers format shares the HICN’s 11-character standard, CMS intends for it to be easily distinguishable from the old identifiers and easy to read.
By removing the Social Security number from the Medicare card, beneficiaries can better protect their identity.
Will the Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers Have Any Meaning?
No, the Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers are “non-intelligent,” so there is no meaning. Each number is randomly generated. Everyone on Medicare will obtain their own Identifier. Even spouses and dependents with similar numbers will get new different numbers.
How Will the Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers Look on the New Card?
All MBIs will include alphabetic characters at the same positions and exclude individual letters that might be confusable with numbers. None of the alphabetic values include S, L, O, I, B, or Z.The MBI’s 2nd, 5th, 8th, and 9th characters will always be a letter. Position 1, 4, 7, 10, and 11 are always going to be a number. Then, positions 3 and 6 can be a letter or number. Dashes aren’t part of the MBI, and they won’t be entered into the computer.
How to Get a Replacement Medicare Card
If you end up losing your card or the card gets damaged, and you need a replacement card, you can easily print a new one straight from your online Social Security account.
When Will I Get My New Medicare Card?
If you’re automatically signed up for Medicare, you’ll get your card in the mail 3 months before your 65th birthday or your 25th month of collecting disability benefits.
Do I Get a Medicare Card for Medicare Advantage?
Yes. Since private insurance firms offer Medicare Part C, you’ll be issued a separate card from the insurance company. It’s different from the white, red, and blue ID card. It will contain the name of the insurance provider and plan type. If your Medicare Advantage contains Part D, you’ll need just one card for all your prescriptions and medical needs.
Do I Get a Medicare Card for Part D?
Yes. Part D is much like Part C in the aspect that coverage comes from a private insurance company. The Part D card is different than your Medicare card. You’ll show the Part D card to the pharmacist when you get a prescription. The Part D card will also display the insurance company name, the plan name, and the member ID number.
Do I Get a Medicare Card for Medigap?
Yes, you’ll need the Medigap card when you visit the doctor or any other medical facility. If you lose your card, you need to report the loss to your insurance company as soon as possible.
How to Change the Address on your Medicare Card?
Medicare uses the names and addresses from registering to Social Security. To change your address, log into your social security account, and edit it online. Your ID card is the most critical form of identification you should carry at all times. You must present your card to obtain services.
How to Get a New Medigap Plan and Card
If you're unhappy with your current Medigap plan or supplemental option, you can sign up for a new policy. When you enroll in a new Medicare Supplement, the new company will issue a card.
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