This past month Medicare began mailing out new cards to everyone enrolled in the Medicare program. There are many things to keep in mind while you are waiting for your new membership card, including proper disposal of your existing card once you receive your new one. Ensure that you are not compromising your identity or insurance benefits by allowing your social security number to be stolen due to improperly discarding your old card.
When you receive your new card – note that your card has a new number instead of your Social Security Number. This new number is unique to you. Only give your new Medicare Number to doctors, pharmacists, other health care providers, your insurers, or people you trust to work with Medicare on your behalf.