[Nfbc-info] New Medicare Cards are in the Mail

David BearSFO at PacBell.NET
Tue May 8 22:24:47 UTC 2018

Apparently you don't really need to know your MBI 
number, you can just show whoever [your care provider] your new Medicare card.

However if you really want to know, you can sign 
up to access your account online, where you can 
even show people your Medicare card on your smart 
phone, or print as many copies of the cards as 
you like [not sure why one would need to do that]

If you have previously requested alternative 
format materials from Medicare, they would send 
you a little braille sticker to put on your card 
when they send out your card, but all it said on 
it is "MEDICARE" - you can always call 
1-800-MEDICARE if you didn't get one, or needed more of these stickers.


At 12:52 AM 5/5/2018, Lisa Irving via NFBC-Info wrote:
>Wouldn't be real if The Centers for Medicare and 
>Medicaid also included braille on the new cards 
>so we don't have to ask someone to read the 
>numbers? Lol. Lisa Irving -----Original 
>Message----- From: NFBC-Info 
><nfbc-info-bounces at nfbnet.org> On Behalf Of 
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><NFBNJ-Seniors at nfbnet.org> Cc: nancy Lynn 
><seabreeze.stl at gmail.com> Subject: [Nfbc-info] 
>New Medicare Cards are in the Mail Correction: 
>New Medicare Cards are in the Mail       I’m 
>pleased to report that the Centers for Medicare 
>& Medicaid Services (CMS) have started to mail 
>new Medicare cards to 
>beneficiaries.       Instead of a Social 
>Security Number (SSN), the new cards will have a 
>Medicare number that’s unique to each 
>beneficiary. The new card will help protect 
>identities and secure personal information. 
>Medicare coverage and benefits will stay the 
>same.       Medicare will automatically mail new 
>cards at no cost to the address on file here at 
>Social Security. So please make sure the address 
>of anyone you’re helping is up-to-date. An 
>address can be updated easily by using my Social 
>Security.       As Medicare beneficiaries begin 
>to receive their replacement cards, please share 
>these three tips with them:         1.. Once you 
>get your New Medicare card, destroy your old 
>Medicare card and start using your new one right 
>away. Don’t just throw the old card away—shred 
>it or cut it  into small pieces.         2.. 
>Doctors, other health care providers, and plans 
>approved by Medicare know that Medicare is 
>replacing your old card. They’re ready to 
>accept your new card when you need 
>care.         3.. Beware of anyone contacting 
>you about your new Medicare card and asking for 
>your Medicare number, personal information, or 
>to pay a fee for your new card. Treat your 
>Medicare number like you treat your Social 
>Security or credit card numbers. Remember, you 
>don’t need to do anything to get your new 
>card. Medicare will never contact you uninvited 
>to ask for your personal information.       In 
>addition, just last month Social Security 
>started removing the SSN from many of its 
>notices and forms to prevent fraud, fight 
>identity theft, and safeguard taxpayer dollars. 
>These communications also include 
>benefit-verification notices, Social Security 
>post-entitlement notices, and certain documents 
>sent to appointed representatives. The 
>benefit-verification letter includes the 
>recipient’s name and address. The SSN isn’t 
>intended to serve as identification, nor should 
>it be used as such by third 
>parties.       Please share this information 
>through your networks. For more information 
>about the new Medicare card, click 
>medicare.gov/newcard. You can also check 
>Medicare.gov for tips to prevent Medicare 
>fraud.       As always, thank you for your 
>interest in our programs and the people we 
>serve!       Sincerely,       Bob 
>Patterson       Acting Associate Commissioner, 
>External Affairs       (T) 
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