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April 10, 2018

New Medicare Card Project – Important Updates

This article was previously published in the April 5, 2018, issue of the MLN Connects ®External Website.

CMS started mailing newly-designed Medicare cards with the new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI), or Medicare Number. People enrolling in Medicare for the first time will be among the first to get the new cards, no matter where they live. Current Medicare beneficiaries will get their new cards on a rolling basis over the coming monthsExternal Website. We will continue to accept the Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) through the transition periodExternal Website.

During our planning, we continuously adjusted and improved our mailing strategy to make sure we are:

  • Mailing the new cards to accurate addresses
  • Protecting current Medicare beneficiaries and their personal information in every way possible

We are working on making our processes even better by using the highest levels of fraud protection when we mail new cards to current Medicare beneficiaries. Over the next few weeks, we will complete this additional work and begin mailing new cards to current Medicare beneficiaries.

We are committed to mailing new cards to all Medicare beneficiaries over the next year. For more information, visit the New Medicare Card landingExternal Website and providerExternal Website webpages.

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