Say Bye-Bye to Social Security Numbers on Medicare Cards
Have you heard the news? The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will start removing Social Security numbers from all newly-issued Medicare identification cards going forward — though, it won’t happen overnight. Due to the large number of cards needing changes, HHS has four years to issue modernized cards to new beneficiaries, and another four years to issue updated cards to existing beneficiaries.1
What This Means for You
Removing your Social Security number from your Medicare card may help keep your private information out of the wrong hands. If you lose your card or your card is stolen, not having your Social Security number on the card may help lessen your chance of becoming an identity theft victim.
While You’re Waiting for Your New Card
Never give your Medicare number or card to anyone unless there’s a legitimate reason, like if you’re at the doctor’s office or picking up a prescription at your pharmacy.
Never give your private information to someone posing as a representative from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) or other government agency, in case of identity theft. These types of criminals often phone you or knock on your door asking for your Medicare number or other private information. Medicare will never call you on the phone or knock on your door to ask for that type of information.