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New Medicare card

What is it? 

All people with Medicare are getting new Medicare cards. These new cards have a new Medicare Number that's unique to each person with Medicare, instead of their Social Security Number.

When should I get it? 

Medicare has started mailing cards to certain states and will continue mailing nationwide. Your new card will automatically come to you. You don’t need to do anything as long as your address is up to date. If you need to update your address, visit your mySocial Security account.

Sign up to get an email when your card mails.

Who sends it? 

Medicare

What should I do when I get this card? 

  • Destroy your old Medicare card and start using your new card right away. Your Medicare coverage and benefits stay the same.
  • Keep using your Medicare Advantage Plan ID card if you’re in a Medicare Advantage Plan, like an HMO or PPO.
  • Carry your new Medicare card with you. Doctors, other health care providers, and facilities know it’s coming and will ask you for it.

Download a sample

New Medicare Card letter [PDF, 793KB]

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