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Senior Living Health Care Connection: New Medicare cards


In May 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that Social Security numbers will be removed from Medicare cards. The new cards will use a randomly assigned number called a Medicare beneficiary identifier (MBI) to replace the Social Security-based health insurance claim number (HICN) currently used on the Medicare card. Medicare cards with the new MBI will be mailed to all people with Medicare in phases by geographic location starting in April 2018. Learn more about timing and specific state rollout.

There will be a transition period where either the HICN or the MBI can be used beginning in April 2018 and going through Dec. 31, 2019. Starting Jan. 1, 2020, only the MBI will be used for most Medicare transactions. Each person with Medicare will receive his or her own randomly generated MBI. Spouses of dependents who have similar HICNs will each receive their own MBI. Providers are encouraged to alert beneficiaries about the change and ask them to bring copies of the new cards to the facility.

 Questions? Contact Joan McCarthy at +1 312 634 3479.

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