UPDATE: Providers Must Be Ready Now For New Medicare Cards

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has started mailing newly-designed Medicare cards with the new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI), or Medicare Number.


People enrolling in Medicare for the first time will be among the first to get the new cards, no matter where they live, so providers must be ready now to use the new numbers. Current Medicare beneficiaries will get their new cards on a rolling basis over the coming months

During planning, CMS adjusted its mailing strategy to make sure the agency was mailing the new cards to accurate addresses while also protecting current Medicare beneficiaries and their personal information.

“We’re working on making our processes even better so we’re using the highest levels of fraud protection when we mail new cards to current Medicare beneficiaries,” CMS said in a news announcement. “Over the next few weeks, we’ll be done with this additional work so we can mail new cards to current Medicare beneficiaries.”

CMS will host a special webinar from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thursday (ET) to share:

  • Updates about the new Medicare card mailing.
  • Information on how people with Medicare can look up their new Medicare card number or print a replacement card on MyMedicare.gov.
  • Updates on resources for partners.
  • To participate, the dial-in number is 1-800-837-1935, conference ID number is 7065199. Participants may log on to the webinar at https://webinar.cms.hhs.gov/r51uia09fgq/. Feedback and questions on the New Medicare Card Project can be sent to: Partnership@cms.hhs.gov