by: Ciarra Dobbs
Earlier this year, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), started mailing new cards to beneficiaries. The cards were automatically mailed to all 58 million beneficiaries, and nothing special is required to receive one.
The reason for the new cards is the Medicare number that, in the past, has been the beneficiaries social security number followed by a letter was associated with social security draw. The new cards will feature a randomly assigned Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) made up of 11 letters and numbers.
It is important to know that nothing in regards to your benefits will change because of the new card issue. The change was related to keeping personal information, such as beneficiaries social security numbers, more secure and less accessible to possible scammers.
Scams relating to the new card are already surfacing. There have been reports that some Medicare beneficiaries are getting calls from s…