CMS mailing new Medicare cards

Date Issued: 5/10/2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) began mailing new Medicare cards to beneficiaries in April 2018. This is part of an effort to comply with a law that requires CMS to remove Social Security numbers (SSNs) from all Medicare cards by April 2019.

The new cards are for original Medicare plans and do not apply to Medicare Advantage plans. EmblemHealth’s Medicare Advantage member ID cards do not use or include SSNs.

The new Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers (MBI) should be treated like personal health information. The reissued Medicare cards will have new MBIs that replace the SSN-based Health Insurance Claim Numbers (HICNs) used for Medicare transactions, such as billing and claim status.

To learn more about what the new Medicare cards means for providers, CMS has provided this resource.