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By Sherry Kolbe, Manager, State Health Insurance Assistance Program, Baltimore County Department of Aging

Medicare is mailing new cards to help protect you from identity fraud. Fraudsters are always looking for ways to get your Social Security number. The new Medicare cards remove Social Security numbers to make them safer.

The new cards will have a new Medicare number that’s unique to each individual. The new card will help protect your identity and keep your personal information more secure. Your Medicare coverage and benefits stay the same.

Medicare will automatically mail your new card at no cost to the address you have on file with Social Security. There’s nothing you need to do. If you need to update your official mailing address, visit your online my Social Security account.

Three Action Steps

Once you get your new Medicare card, take these three steps to make it harder for someone to steal your information and identity:

  1. Destroy your old Medicare card right away. Shred it or cut it so no one can see your Social Security number, even in the trash or recycling.
  2. Use your new card. Doctors, other health care providers and plans approved by Medicare know that Medicare is replacing the old cards. They are ready to accept your new card when you need care.
  3. Beware of people contacting you about your new Medicare card and asking you for your Medicare number, personal information, or to pay a fee for your new card. Treat your Medicare number like you treat your Social Security or credit card numbers. Remember, Medicare will never contact you uninvited to ask for your personal information.

For Information

For more information about your new Medicare card, visit You can also visit for tips to prevent Medicare fraud.

Revised September 11, 2017