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NEW MEDICARE CARDS AND WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE THEY ARRIVE.
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May 18, 2017
Newsletter

Medicare Beneficiaries will soon receive a
New Medicare Card.

What do they need to know?

Changes are coming to your Medicare card. By April 2019, your card will be replaced with one that no longer shows your Social Security number.

Instead, your card will have a new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) that will be used for billing and for checking your eligibility and claim status. And it will all happen automatically – you won’t have to pay anyone or give anyone information, no matter what someone might tell you.

CMS will use an MBI generator to:
*Assign 150 million MBI’s in the initial enumeration (60 million active and 90 million decease/archived) and generate a unique MBI for each new Medicare beneficiary
*Generate a new unique MBI for a Medicare beneficiary whose identity has been compromised
The Medicare Beneficiary Identifier will have the following characteristics:

  • The same number of characters as the current Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) (11), but will be visibly distinguishable from the HICN”
  • Contain uppercase alphabetic and numeric characters throughout the 11 digit identifier
  • Occupy the same field as the HICN on transactions
  • Be unique to each beneficiary (e.g. husband and wife will have their own MBI)
  • Be easy to read and limit the possibility of letters being interpreted as numbers (e.g. Alphabetic characters are upper case only and will exclude S, L, O, I, B, Z)

 
CMS established a transition period during which the HICN or MBI will be accepted from providers, beneficiaries, plans, and other external stakeholders. CMS expects the transition period to run from April 2018 through December 31, 2019.


Alabama's Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) Warns of Fraud
and the new Medicare cards.

All Medicare beneficiaries need to be aware of possible fraud and scams relating to the new Medicare cards.Remember, CMS and Medicare will never contact you by phone or email to ask for personal information or ask you to verify your current Medicare number to obtain the new Medicare cards.There will be no charge for the issuance of the new Medicare cards.Anyone contacting you and requesting payment for the new Medicare cards is a scammer.

You do not need assistance to obtain the new cards nor do you need to re-enroll in Medicare to receive your new card.They should arrive in the mail by April 2019.If you do not receive your new Medicare card by then you should contact Social Security. 
 
Remember scammers want your Social Security number.
Do not give it to them.
 
You can contact your local SMP if you have any questions.
 
Birmingham: 1-205-313-3981
Dothan: 1-888-671-5246
Huntsville: 1-256-830-0818
Montgomery: 1-334-244-2097
Mobile: 1-888-597-9564
M4A has finalized our agenda and speakers for our upcoming Veterans Caregiver Conference on Flag Day, June 14th in Jasper. M4A will be offering CEU's for professionals and the information provided at the conference will help Veterans and their caregivers be informed of the help, programs, services, and resources available to them. See our speaker line up below:

Laura J. Bauer, National Program Director; Operation Family Caregiver, The Rosalyn Carter Institute
Dan Lord, Education & Public Affairs Manager; Alabama Securities Commission
Steve Nappier, VA Accredited Claims Agent
Gabrielle Metz, Clinical SW; BVAMC PTSD Clinic
Hiliary Flemmons Hardwick, Director; Col. Robert L. Howard State Veterans Home
Patrick Johnson, Pres./Founder; The Homeless Veterans Initiative of Alabama


DO NOT MISS THIS VERY SPECIAL CONFERENCE. CONTACT SHARON ECHOLS, M4A AT SECHOLS@M4A.ORG OR CALL (205) 670-5770.
M4A'S SENIOR COMMUNITY SERVICE EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM (SCSEP) HAS A NEW BROCHURE AVAILABLE. CONTACT M4A FOR COPIES OF THE BROCHURE OR CLICK HERE:
http://www.m4a.org/services/senior-employment/
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