The New Medicare Cards

In April, the government will start sending out new Medicare cards, launching a yearlong effort to change how 59 million people enrolled in the federal health insurance program are identified.

Medicare ID cards have been stamped with the Social Security numbers of members —But that’s been a problem: If a wallet or purse were stolen, a thief could use that information, along with an address or birthdate on a driver’s license, to steal someone’s identity.

The new cards address these concerns by removing each member’s Social Security number and replacing it with a new, randomly generated 11-digit “Medicare number” (some capital letters are included). This will be used to verify eligibility for services and for billing purposes going forward.

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