CMS will be mailing new cards beginning April 2018

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is required to remove Social Security Numbers (SSNs) from all Medicare cards by April 2019. A new, unique Medicare Number will replace the SSN-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) on each new Medicare card. Starting April 2018, CMS will begin mailing new Medicare cards to all people with Medicare.

Example of Medicare card
  • The new Medicare Card will have a new Medicare number.
  • The new Medicare card doesn’t replace your Providence Medicare Advantage Plans card.
  • The new Medicare number is needed to join, leave, or switch to a different plan.
  • Medicare Advantage plan members may be asked to show their Medicare cards for hospital services.
  • Please destroy your old Medicare card once you receive your new card. Keep your Providence Medicare Advantage Plans card.
  • Be aware of anyone who contacts you about the new Medicare card and report suspected scams to 1-800-MEDICARE.

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