10 things to know about your new Medicare card

KITTITAS COUNTY – Carol Findley, Director of RSVP and Volunteer Center of Kittitas County, reminds Washington state residents they will start seeing cards come out in June 2018 (even though the information from CMS below states April), and it will continue through 2019.  New enrollees will get their cards first with those on Medicare getting them later.

Findley wants to make sure seniors don’t get taken in by the new Medicare scams going on with the roll out of the cards. “CMS does not call those on Medicare,” Findley warns, “and seniors should be aware of scammers posing as CMS representatives asking them to tell them their Medicare card number on the phone. Residents should remember that you never give out any personal information to anyone on the phone or computer.”

As always, if local county residents need help with their health insurance related matters they may call the RSVP office and ask for a SHIBA volunteer (Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisor) at 509 962-4311.

Medicare is mailing new Medicare cards starting in April 2018. Here are 10 things to know about your new Medicare card:

1. Mailing takes time: Your card may arrive ata different time than your friend’s or neighbor’s.

2. Destroy your old Medicare card: Once you get your new Medicare card, destroy your oldMedicare card and start using your new card right away.

3. Guard your card: Only give your new Medicare Number to doctors, pharmacists, other health care providers, your insurers, or people you trust to work with Medicare on your behalf.

4. Your Medicare Number is unique: Your card has a new number instead of your Social Security Number. This new number is unique to you.

5. Your new card is paper: Paper cards are easier for many providers to use and copy, and they save taxpayers a lot of money. Plus, you can print your own replacement card if you need one!

6. Keep your new card with you: Carry your new card and show it to your health care providers when you need care.

7. Your doctor knows it’s coming: Doctors,

other health care facilities and providers will ask for your new Medicare card when you need care.

8. You can find your number: If you forget your new card, you, your doctor or other health care provider may be able to look up your Medicare Number online.

9. 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 also may be asked to show your new Medicare card, so you should carry this card too.

10. 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.

You have the right to get Medicare information in an accessible format, like large print, Braille, or audio. You also have the right to file a complaint if you feel you’ve been discriminated against. Visit CMS.gov/about-cms/agency-information/aboutwebsite/cmsnondiscriminationnotice.html, or call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) for more information. TTY users can call 1-877-486-2048.

New Medicare Card