If you are 65 years of age or older and on Medicare you’ll soon be issued a new Medicare identification number.
Medicare is attempting to fight identity theft issues and will be going away from using social security numbers for identification. Subsequently a new Medicare identification number is going to be issued. The new card won’t change your coverage or benefits.
A person’s Medicare ID usually consists of their Social Security Number followed by a letter code. Since a person’s social security number is key to identity thieves, it’s crucial to remove social security numbers from cards.
You don’t need to take any action to get your new Medicare card. Between April 2018 and April 2019 every Medicare subscriber will be getting a new Medicare identification number. The number is likely going to be an eleven digit number with a letter in the middle. The new Medicare identification number is scheduled to be issued according to a regional timetable.
This is a huge ordeal for all seniors. They’ll be issued new cards. Doctors will have to update their records. Pharmacists will have to update their records. There is speculation some prescriptions won’t be filled on time if the pharmacy doesn’t have the new Medicare identification number in advance of an auto-fill.
Medicare has stated they will be sending out letters to seniors, medical personnel, pharmacies, and hospitals. Too, we’ll probably see radio and television advertisements announcing the changes.
For more information concerning the changes please visit: https://www.medicare.gov/forms-help-and-resources/your-medicare-card.html