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Q: Do I need to do anything prior to receiving my new card?
A: The transition period will begin no earlier than April 1, 2018 and run through December 31, 2019, in which either the existing social security number based identi er or the new MBI can be used to exchange data. After January 1, 2020, the MBI must be used to access information. DonotfallvictimtoscamsregardingnewMedicarecards. Know that you will never be asked to give personal or private information to obtain your new Medicare number or card. For more information about the new Medicare cards, vis-
it https://www.cms.gov.
For over 40 years, the VNA has provided quality, cost-ef-
fective home health care to Indian River County. Since 2000, VNA Home Health has been proud to provide the same high quality service throughout all of Brevard County. For more information about VNA services, call 772-567-5551, or vis-
A: Make sure your mailing address is up to date. If you are un- sure or your address needs to be corrected, contact Social Se- curityat1-800-772-1213orssa.gov/myaccount.Otherwise,you may start using your new cards as soon as you get them.
Q: When should I expect to receive my new Medicare card?
A: Beginning April 2018 through April 2019, Medicare cards with the new MBI will be mailed in phases by geographic loca- tion.
Q: Will my coverage or bene ts be affected?
A: No, your coverage and bene ts will remain the same. The purpose of the new cards is solely to help protect your identity.
VNA ANSWER NURSE Changes Coming to Medicare Cards
A: The new card will not change your coverage or bene ts. More information will be included along with your new card. Q: What is the purpose of issuing new numbers and
You may have heard that Medicare will be issuing new
cards in the coming months. Well, the rumors are true, and the
new cards will be mailed beginning April 2018. No longer will socialsecuritynumbersbeusedtoidentifyMedicarerecipients. cards?
Instead, a randomly generated Medicare Bene ciary Identi er (MBI), will be assigned to each recipient. The new 11-character identi er will consist of “non-intelligent” numbers and upper- case letters, which means they do not have a hidden or special meaning. This is a step in the right direction towards medical identity protection. Keep in mind, the MBI, like the SSN, is con-  dential and should be safeguarded.
A: Social security numbers are being removed from all Medi- care cards in effort to curtail identity theft and keep your information more secure. By switching away from a social se- curity based identi er, Medicare recipients’ private healthcare and  nancial information, as well as federal healthcare bene-  t and service payments will be better protected.
Below are answers to a few questions you may have regarding the new Medicare cards:
Q: What is the timeline for the transition to new cards?
Q: How will changes to the Medicare cards affect me?
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