Medicare recipients have an important change coming their way.
The centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will be mailing new Medicare cards to enrollees starting at the end of the month.
The new cards are designed to enhance beneficiaries’ security by replacing the Social Security number on old cards with a randomly generated number.
Once received, the new cards can be used immediately.
Executive Director of Action for Older Persons Casondra Hamilton says it is imperative for Medicare members to get these new cards.
“It really does make it hard if they don’t get this card to change some of their coverage options. Each year during open enrollment we help people pick out new plans. We need the information on this card to enroll them in those plans. So if we don’t have that option they can spend like thousands of dollars more each year in health coverage and prescription plans,” said Hamilton.
Hamilton adds that users will not be contacted by phone prior to their new card arriving so any calls asking to verify information related to the new cards should be considered a scam.
She also adds to shred old cards after receiving the new one.