The new Medicare cards are coming!
Unfortunately, the Medicare card scams are already here.
There are scammers already calling, emailing, and texting senior citizens telling them they have to pay to get the new Medicare cards or face losing their medicare benefits.
Your new card will automatically come to you. You don’t need to do anything as long as your address is up to date.
Yet, people are trying to take advantage of those who are unaware that they will be receiving new Medicare cards in the mail.
The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) conducted a survey that revealed “60 percent of those surveyed mistakenly believe they might have to pay for the revamped cards.”
The intent of the revamped Medicare cards is to minimize identify theft by replacing a member’s social security number with a new 11-digit Medicare number. The new cards will look like this:
The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have recently started mailing new cards. People who are enrolling in Medicare for the first time will be among the first in the country to receive the new cards.
Since there are over 58 million Medicare beneficiaries, the government is sending cards out in batches by state. To find out more about the distribution, please visit the Medicare website, https://www.medicare.gov/newcard/. The government should finish distribution in April 2019.
If your address is not current, then visit your social security account website at https://www.ssa.gov/myaccount/ or call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY: 1-800-325-0778).
Scammers are offering to “assist” medicare members with their new cards. Their have reported instances of scammers asking for personal information and bank account numbers in pretext of refunding existing Medicare benefits.
If someone asks you for your information, for money, or threatens to cancel your health benefits if you don’t share your personal information, hang up and call us at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).
For more information, read the Medicare’s Frequently Asked Questions.
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