Monday, March 26, 2018

Medicare issues new identification cards

HUNTINGTON, W.Va.- In an effort to fight personal identify fraud among other issues, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will issue new Medicare cards with a new unique number for identification.  The new unique identifier will replace Social Security numbers.   

CMS will start mailing out new Medicare cards in phases as there are almost 60 million beneficiaries on Medicare.  If a beneficiary is new to Medicare after April 2018, the beneficiary will receive the new Medicare card. 

CMS established a transition period from April 2018 through December 31, 2019.  During this transition period, your current Medicare card or the new Medicare card with the unique  number will be accepted.  After December 31, 2019, only the Medicare card with the unique number will be accepted. 

For more information on the new cards, please visit