New! Changes in Medicare

In 2018, Medicare will replace all patient ID Cards

Medicare is preparing to stop using Social Security numbers as the basis for identification next year, and will send new Medicare Beneficiary ID’s (MBI Cards) to people with Medicare ID               numbers. CMS will issue new Medicare cards with a new unique, randomly-assigned number called a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) to replace the existing Social Security-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) both on the cards and in various CMS systems we use now. Medicare will mail new Medicare cards between April 2018 and April 2019. 


  • No need to take any action to get your new Medicare card unless you need to update your address by calling 1-800-772-1213
  • The new card won’t change your Medicare coverage or benefits.
  • Medicare will never ask you to give personal or private information to get your new Medicare Number and card.
  • There’s no charge for your new card.


Scam artists may try to get current Medicare Numbers and other personal information by contacting you about their new Medicare card. Medicare WILL NOT call you. They often claim to be from Medicare and use various scams to get the Medicare Number including:

  • Asking to confirm the Medicare or Social Security Number so they can mail a new card.
  • Telling you there’s a charge for your new card and they need to verify your personal information.
  • Threatening to cancel your health benefits if you don’t share your Medicare Number or other personal information.

If someone calls and asks for your Medicare Number or  personal information, immediately hang up and call Medicare at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).