Missouri SMP gives tips as new Medicare cards come

Date: November 2, 2018 | Category: News

   If you have not received your new Medicare card, it should be on the way soon by mail. The mailing started in mid-October and was expected to take at least a month to finish.
Here are some things you need to know:
   You may get your card at a different time than friends, relatives or neighbors. Do not worry about that. If you have a MyMedicare.gov account, you can sign in and see when your new card has been mailed. If you do not have a MyMedicare.gov account, go to medicare.gov and sign up for one. It’s free and secure. You can use it to find other personal Medicare information as well.
   The new cards are still paper, but they are different. They no longer have your Social Security number. Instead, your new card will have a new Medicare number that’s unique to you. Remember, the Social Security number was removed to protect your identity.
 Your benefits and coverage remain the same.
   You should shred your old card as soon as you get your new one so that no one gets ahold of your Social Security number. However, do not shred your blue Social Security card; keep your Social Security card in a safe place.
   Take the new Medicare card to your medical appointments.
   Still protect your new Medicare card. Do not give the number to strangers who call over the phone or knock on your door, or ask for it in exchange for a good deal on medical equipment or services. Guard your card.
As always, report suspected Medicare fraud or abuse to the Missouri SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol) at (888)515-6565.
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