New Medicare Cards Have Been Mailed

The Missouri SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol) is alerting Medicare beneficiaries that they all should have received their new Medicare cards in the mail by now.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced in mid-January it had finished mailing new Medicare cards. The new cards have a unique identification number instead of the beneficiary’s Social Security number.

The move was made to protect people from identity theft. People in Missouri were among the last states to receive the cards in the mail.
If you have not received your new card, here are some steps you can take:

*Look around your house for old or unopened mail. New Medicare cards were mailed in a plain white envelope from the Department of Health and Human Services.
*Sign into to get your new number or print an official card. You will need to create an account, if you don’t already have one.
*Call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) to verify your identity, check your address and help get your new card.
*Ask your health care provider, who may be able to securely look up your new number.
If you have not received your card, you may continue to use your current card to get health care services until you get your new card.

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