New Medicare card – Foreign Mailing Letter

What is it?

A letter to people with Medicare who have an address outside of the U.S. The letter explains that Medicare won’t be mailing New Medicare cards to most people who live outside of the U.S. to help protect their identity.

When should I get it?

The foreign mailing letters were sent out in early January, 2019.

Who sends it?


What should when I get this letter?

If you get this letter, read it carefully. It explains your options for how you can get access to your New Medicare card and number.

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"Foreign Mailing Letter [PDF, 864 KB]"  

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Unofficial name

Foreign mailing letter