You're getting a new Medicare ID card!
Between April 2018 and April 2019, Social Security numbers will be removed from Medicare cards and each person will be mailed a new card. This will help keep your information more secure and combat identity theft.
You’ll get a new Medicare Number that’s unique to you, and it will only be used for your Medicare coverage. You’ll get more information from Medicare when your new card is mailed.
Here’s how you can get ready:
■ Make sure your mailing address is up to date. 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. You will never be asked to give your personal or private information to get your new Medicare Number and card.
■ 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.
10 things to know about your new Medicare card:
The new card won’t change your coverage or benefits.
Once you get your new Medicare card, destroy your old Medicare card and use your new card right away.
Guard your card: Only give your new Medicare Number to doctors, pharmacists, your insurer, or people you trust.
This new number is unique to you.
Your new card is paper. It is easier to copy. You can print your own replacement card if you need one.
Carry your new card with you and show it to your health care providers when you need care.
Your doctor knows it's coming: Doctors, other health care facilities and providers will ask for your new Medicare card.
If you forget your new card, you, your doctor or other health care provider may be able to look up your number online.
Keep your Medicare Advantage Card: If you're in a Medicare Advantage Plan (like an HMO or PPO), your Medicare Advantage Plan ID card is your main card for Medicare - you should still keep and use it whenever you need care. However, you may be asked to show your new Medicare card, so you should carry this card too.
Help is available: If you don't get your new Medicare card by April 2019, call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY users can call 1-877-486-2048.
If you are a Medicare beneficiary with high annual prescription drug costs, you will get some relief starting in 2019*. That's because the percentage amount you will pay in the Coverage Gap stage will be lower. Instead of paying 44% for generic drugs and 35% for brand-name drugs as you do now, you will pay a fixed rate of only 25% of the cost of all your prescription drugs from the point you enter the Coverage Gap stage** until you reach the Catastrophic Coverage stage***.
* The change was scheduled for 2020 but the recent budget law made it possible in 2019 by requiring drug manufacturers to pay 70% instead of 50% in the Gap.
** You enter the Coverage Gap stage after the total drug costs reach $3730.
*** You reach the Catastrophic Coverage stage when the total out-of-pocket costs reach $5000.
Caps on physical, speech and occupational therapy eliminated!
Millions of Medicare beneficiaries will be able to afford the physical, speech or occupational therapy they need because the payment caps on those services - $2,010 for physical and speech language therapy and $2,010 for occupational therapy - were permanently repealed in February, 2018.
Over 65 and still enrolled in the ACA? Don't delay!
Enroll in Medicare before September 30th, 2018
to avoid a lifetime penalty.
If you are over 65 and still have your health insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace, enroll in Medicare Part B before September 30th, 2018, to avoid incurring a lifetime late-enrollment penalty.