New Medicare Cards

Over the next two years Medicare will issue new ID cards without Social Security numbers. The exchange will be automatic. 

BEWARE scammers associated with this process. No one should come to your door or call you about the card. And no one except a health care provider needs your new ID number. 

What’s the Social Security Number Removal Initiative (SSNRI)?

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015, requires us to remove Social Security Numbers (SSNs) from all Medicare cards by April 2019. 

A new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) will replace the SSN-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) on the new Medicare cards for Medicare transactions like billing, eligibility status, and claim status.

We currently use an SSN-based HICN to identify people with Medicare and administer the program. We’ve used the HICN with our business partners:

The Social Security Administration (SSA)
The United States Railroad Retirement Board (RRB)
State Medicaid Agencies
Health care providers
Health plans

Under the new system, for each person enrolled in Medicare, we’ll:

Assign a new MBI

Send a new Medicare card

The MBI is confidential like the SSN and should be protected as Personally Identifiable Information.


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