Identity theft affects everyone, including Iowan’s on Medicare. To help protect your identity, Medicare is mailing new Medicare cards between April 2018 and April 2019.
“This is a welcome and important change that will affect many Iowans,” Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen said. “We hear often about this issue and SHIIP is here to help be a resource for Iowans with questions during this transition.”
The new Medicare card will no longer have your Social Security number on it. The card will instead have a new number that is unique to you. Once you get your new card, destroy your old card and start using your new card right away. Do NOT destroy your Medicare Advantage, Medicare supplement or Medicaid card. These are not changing.
To receive your new card, it is important that you have your correct address on file with the U.S. Social Security Administration. To update or check the address on file, visit ssa.gov/myaccount or call (800) 772-1213. If you are a railroad retiree, contact the Railroad Retirement Board at (877) 772-5772.
Mailing 57 million cards takes time. Your new Medicare card may arrive at a different time than the cards of your spouse, friends or neighbors. Call (800) 633-4227 if you don’t receive your card by April 2019.
For more information visit go.Medicare.gov/newcard or call the Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) at (319) 483-1300.
WHC is Bremer County’s SHIIP sponsor. SHIIP is a free, confidential counseling program provided by the State of Iowa Insurance Division. SHIIP does not sell, endorse or promote any insurance products.