Tuesday, June 26, 2018

CMS Continues Mailing New Medicare Beneficiary Cards

Lilly Hummel

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) continues to mail new Medicare cards to all beneficiaries. The change is intended to prevent fraud and identity theft. CMS has created an informational page for providers explaining what they need to do to get ready, and released a timeline of its mailing strategy. CMS has not yet mailed cards for about half of the states, which will be ongoing throughout the summer. New Medicare cards are starting to be mailed to people with Medicare who live in the following states: Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wisconsin. 

CMS is in the process of mailing new cards to people who are new to Medicare and to those who live in the following states and territories: Alaska, American Samoa, California, Guam, Hawaii, Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon.

CMS has finished mailing most cards to people with Medicare who live in: Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.  If resident with Medicare in these states did not get a card, they can be directed here or to call 1-800-Medicare (1-800-633-4227). There might be something that needs to be corrected, such as updating their mailing address.  

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