New Medicare Cards Being Sent to Previously Enrolled Michigan Beneficiaries

Posted on October 17, 2018

As previously reported, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is required to remove Social Security Numbers (SSNs) from all Medicare cards to deter identity theft. The agency is replacing the SSN-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) with a random, 11-character Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI). On Oct. 15, the CMS announced that the agency has begun mailing the new cards to individuals in Michigan and certain other states who were enrolled in Medicare prior to April 1.  

In April, the CMS began mailing the new Medicare cards to individuals nationwide who enrolled in Medicare for the first time. Individuals who enrolled in Medicare prior to April 1 have Medicare cards bearing the HICN and are scheduled to receive their new cards with the MBI over seven “waves,” based on geographic location and other factors. The CMS timeline includes Michigan as one of the states in the seventh wave of mailings, which has now begun.

The MHA encourages hospitals to ensure that their information technology systems are ready for this change. Online resources are available to assist individuals in determining whether the CMS has mailed their new card. If they prefer, Medicare enrollees can call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), and the CMS will verify their identity, check their address, and help them get their new card. Members with questions should contact Vickie Kunz at the MHA.

Tags: Medicare, MBI, HICN

Posted in: Member News

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