Medicare is mailing out new Medicare cards

Your Social Security number will no longer be used on your Medicare card. Each Medicare beneficiary will receive their own new unique Medicare number.

New cards will be issued throughout the year beginning April 2018 – April 2019. Because it will take a year for everyone to get their new Medicare cards, it is possible other people you know or live with will receive their new Medicare card at a different time than you.

Beware of scams. Medicare will not call to ask for your personal information to send you a new card. Medicare already has your information.  Don’t be tricked into sharing your personal information with a stranger who offers to get you a new Medicare card sooner, or anyone calling to confirm your Medicare or Social Security number.

Medicare will accept your old number through December 31, 2019. However, once you receive your new Medicare card, please destroy your old one.

Make sure the Social Security Administration has your correct address. To change or update your address go to or call 800-772-1213.

If you have any questions about Medicare’s plan for distributing new Medicare cards, you can check for the latest updates or call Massachusetts Senior Medicare Patrol (MA SMP) Program at 800-892-0890.