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New Medicare Cards with New Numbers

What is it?

In 2015, Congress passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Re-authorization Act. This law requires the removal of social security numbers from all Medicare cards by April 2019. This new initiative is referred to as the Social Security Number Removal Initiative (SSNRI). A new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) will replace the SSN-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) on the new Medicare cards.

When is it coming?

Starting around April 2018, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will start mailing out new Medicare cards in phases since there are approximately 60 million beneficiaries on Medicare. If a beneficiary is new to Medicare after April 2018, the beneficiary will receive the new MBI Medicare card.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) established a transition period from April 2018 through December 31, 2019. During this transition period, your current Medicare card or the new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier card will be accepted. After December 31, 2019, only the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier card will be accepted.

Why is the SSNRI important?

The biggest reason CMS is taking the SSN off of Medicare cards is to fight medical identity theft for people with Medicare. By replacing the SSN-based HICN on all Medicare cards, you can better protect your private health care information.