A friend asked me to verify this was legitimate and I checked it out. The federal government is mailing out new Medicare cards that don’t include a Social Security Number (SSN). The below chart was pulled from the Medicare website a few minutes ago: https://www.medicare.gov/newcard/ (click on View by state)
|Mailing soon||Mailing now||Finished mailing|
|District Of Columbia|
|U.S. Virgin Islands|
|Northern Mariana Islands|
It took a long time for somebody in the government to realize why having one’s Medicare number be either you or a loved one’s SSN was a bad thing. If you or have a loved one on Medicare, please pass this on as they will need to use the new card once they get it.
From the above link,
3 things to know
- Your new card will automatically come to you. You don’t need to do anything as long as your address is up to date. If you need to update your address, visit your My Social Security account. – Opens in a new tab
- Once you get your new Medicare card, destroy your old Medicare card and start using your new card right away.
- Your new Medicare Number is a unique combination of numbers and letters. Your new number uses numbers 0 thru 9. The letters S, L, O, I, B, and Z are never used.
If you aren’t show of your account number, point #3 lets you know that letters S, L, O, I, B, and Z are never used.
Watch out for scams, also from the above link,
Watch out for scamsMedicare will never call you uninvited and ask you to give us personal or private information to get your new Medicare Number and card.Scam artists may try to get personal information (like your current Medicare Number) by contacting you about your new card.If someone asks you for your information, for money, or threatens to cancel your health benefits if you don’t share your personal information, hang up and call us at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).
Using the Learn more about the limited situations in which Medicare can call you. – Opens in a new tab tab above, here are the only times you will get a legitimate call from Medicare:
Medicare, or someone representing Medicare, will only call and ask for personal information in these situations:
- A Medicare health or drug plan can call you if you’re already a member of the plan. The agent who helped you join can also call you.
- A customer service representative from 1-800-MEDICARE can call you if you’ve called and left a message or a representative said that someone would call you back.
If neither of the above applies and you get a call from somebody claiming to be from Medicare, then do the following (from the last link above):
If someone calls you and asks for your Medicare Number or other personal information, hang up and call us at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).
If you are not sure, you can always call the Medicare number above and verify before giving out any personal information.