Does my Medicare number ever change?

Asked by: Delphine Barrows  |  Last update: February 11, 2022
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Normally your Medicare identification number does not change, but in 2015 the Medicare Access and CHIP Re-authorization Act was passed by the United States Congress. ... The numbers Medicare uses now are called Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers (MBIs).

When did Medicare ID numbers change?

You're getting a new Medicare card! Between April 2018 and April 2019, we'll be removing Social Security numbers from Medicare cards and mailing each person a new card. This will help keep your information more secure and help protect your identity.

Are Medicare numbers unique?

Your Medicare Number is unique: Your card has a new number instead of your Social Security Number. This new number is unique to you.

Why would a Medicare MBI number change?

Because the MBIs are intended to better protect patient identity, Medicare beneficiaries can ask to change their MBI in the event the number has been compromised. ... Then, providers can learn the new MBI by using their Medicare Administrative Contractor's (MAC's) secure MBI look-up tool on the MAC portal.

How do I find out what my Medicare number is?

Sign in to your account. If you don't have an account yet, visit to create one. You can sign in to see your Medicare Number or print an official copy of your card. Call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).

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Is your Social Security number the same as your Medicare number?

Your card has a Medicare Number that's unique to you — it's not your Social Security Number. This helps protect your identity.

Do Medicare cards expire?

Healthcare providers use the Medicare number on the card to bill services. Generally, a person does not have to renew their Medicare card each year, as it will automatically renew. If a card is lost, stolen, or damaged people can get a new card at no cost.

How do I get a new Medicare number with an old number?

There are 3 ways you and your office staff can get MBIs:
  1. Ask your Medicare patients. Ask your Medicare patients for their Medicare cards when they come for care. ...
  2. Use your MAC's secure MBI look-up tool. You can look up MBIs for your Medicare patients when they don't or can't give them. ...
  3. Check the remittance advice.

When did Medicare switch to MBI numbers?

Starting January 1, 2020, Medicare patients must use the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will reject claims submitted with the Health Insurance Claim (HIC) number, with a few exceptions, and reject all eligibility transactions.

Can you have 2 Medicare numbers?

You can only be on 2 Medicare cards at the same time. For example, a child could appear on both their parents' cards.

Does your Australian Medicare number change?

Medicare cards are valid for 5 years. We'll send you a new card before your old one expires. You don't have to do anything unless your address has changed.

Does Medicare ever contact you by phone?

A Medicare health or drug plan can call you if you're already a member of the plan. The agent who helped you join the plan can also call you. A customer service representative from 1-800-MEDICARE can call you if you've called and left a message or a representative said that someone would call you back.

What is the new Medicare number format?

How will the MBI look on the new card? The MBI's 2nd, 5th, 8th, and 9th characters will always be a letter. Characters 1, 4, 7, 10, and 11 will always be a number. The 3rd and 6th characters will be a letter or a number.

How do I change my Medicare card number?

If you lose your Medicare card or it gets damaged or stolen, you can replace it by:
  1. requesting a new card via your myGov account linked to Medicare, or the Express Plus Medicare mobile app.
  2. calling Medicare general enquiries on 132 011.
  3. visiting a Medicare Service Centre with your proof of identity.

Is Medicare sending new cards for 2021?

Note: Medicare has finished mailing new Medicare cards to all beneficiaries. You can still use your old card to get your care covered until January 1, 2020. However, if you have not received your new card, you should call 1-800-MEDICARE (633-4227) and speak to a representative.

How long is a Medicare ID number?

11-characters in length. Made up only of numbers and uppercase letters (no special characters); if you use lowercase letters, our system will convert them to uppercase letters.

How do I get a new red white and blue Medicare card?

If your red, white, and blue Original Medicare card is lost or stolen, or you can no longer use it because it is too faded or damaged, you can replace it by calling 1-800-MEDICARE (633-4227). You can also order or print a replacement card by logging into your account.

Why would my Medicare expire?

There are some cases where Medicare renewal doesn't happen automatically, specifically for Medicare Advantage or stand-alone Part D coverage. Some specific situations include: Your plan changes the size of its service area and you live outside that area. ... Your plan's contract is terminated by Medicare.

How do I update my Medicare card online?

Sign in to myGov and select Medicare. On your homepage, select Update now under My details.

Is Medicare renewal automatic?

Although there are a few exceptions, Medicare plans generally renew each year automatically. This is true for original Medicare as well as Medicare Advantage, Medigap, and Medicare Part D plans.

Should you carry your Medicare card in your wallet?

Try to keep your card in a safe place in your wallet where it won't fall out. Make sure you monitor when your new card is coming, whether you're new to Medicare or expecting a replacement card. If you receive a notice in the mail that seems odd, make sure it's not a Medicare scam.

Does Medicare automatically send you a card?

Applying for Your Medicare Card. For some people, Medicare enrollment occurs automatically, while others need to manually enroll. Medicare sends you a red, white, and blue card when you're signed up.

Why does my Medicare card have my husband's Social Security number?

Because you weren't claiming any benefits, there was no claim number to add to your Medicare card. ... So between age 66 and 70, you were claiming wife's benefits on your husband's Social Security account. That's why your Medicare card during those years had his number with a “B” behind it — the code for wife's benefits.

How do I get a new Medicare ID number IVR?

Press "2" if the Medicare number begins with one or more letters. Enter the first 9 digits of the Medicare number. Any other letter press "0" for the customer service representative phone number. If there is a number after the letter, press that number now.

What do the letters after Medicare ID number mean?

“H” indicates Medicare eligibility is due to disability. HA means you are a disabled claimant, HB means you are the wife of a disabled claimant, and HC means you are the child of a disabled claimant. If your Medicare number includes the HA code, your Social Security appears in your Medicare number.