How do I find my MBI?

Asked by: Janae Gerlach MD  |  Last update: May 24, 2023
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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.

Is the MBI on the Medicare card?

We removed Social Security Number (SSN)-based Health Insurance Claim Numbers (HICNs) from Medicare cards and are now using Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers (MBIs) for Medicare transactions like billing, eligibility status, and claim status.

How do I find my Medicare number with my Social Security number?

You can access your Medicare Number very easily via your My Social Security online account at If you haven't created an account yet, please do this first. The way to get your Medicare number online is to access your Benefit Verification Letter.

Is Medicare number the same as MBI?

A. Background on the new Medicare Number

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) developed a new number called the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI), which replaces the SSN-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) on the Medicare card. CMS began mailing the new Medicare cards in April 2018.

What does a Medicare MBI look like?

The MBI has 11 characters, like the Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN), which can have up to 11. Will the MBI's characters have any meaning? Each MBI is randomly generated. This makes MBIs different than HICNs, which are based on the Social Security Numbers (SSNs) of people with Medicare.

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When did Medicare start issuing MBI numbers?

Beginning in April 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) began issuing new Medicare identification (ID) cards.

Can I look up a patient's Medicare number?

Using your MAC's portal, you can look up any Medicare patient's MBI, regardless of where the patient lives. If you previously saw a patient and got a claim payment decision based on a claim submission with a HICN before January 1, 2020, look at that remittance advice.

Can I view my Medicare account online? is a free, secure online service that's available to help people with Medicare access their personal Medicare-related information 24 hours a day, every day. Medicare will automatically mail instructions and a password to people who are new to Medicare.

How do I find my Medicare number Australia?

Sign in to myGov and select Medicare. If you're using the app, open it and enter your myGov PIN. On your homepage, select My card. You'll see your current Medicare card.

Can I print my new Medicare card online?

To print your Medicare card, you actually need to log in to a completely different online account at Once logged in, you'll see a section titled “What do you want to do?”. Click on “Print my Medicare card”. The next page will prompt you to re-enter your online password.

What is insured person's MBI?

A new randomly generated Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) will replace the -based Health Insurance Claim Number on new Medicare cards for transactions like billing, eligibility status, and claim status.

Can I access Medicare without myGov?

If you don't have a myGov account or a Medicare online account, you'll need to set them up. You can use your Medicare online account to manage details and claims, view statements and get letters online. To do your business with us online, create a myGov account and link to Medicare.

How do I get a Medicare linking code for myGov?

You can get a linking code by calling Medicare. If you're not enrolled in Medicare, you won't be able to link it to your myGov account. Find out how to enrol in Medicare. To link Medicare to your myGov account, your name recorded with myGov must match your name with Medicare.

How do I check to see if I have Medicare?

There are several ways to check the status of your Medicare coverage: Log in to your Medicare account online.
Lastly, you can check your status on the Medicare enrollment page, by logging in with the following information at hand:
  1. ZIP code.
  2. Medicare number.
  3. last name.
  4. date of birth.
  5. Medicare Part A effective date.

How do I get my Medicare statement?

If you have lost your MSN or you need a duplicate copy, call 1-800-MEDICARE or go to your account on

How do I look up a new Medicare number?

Starting next month, you'll be able to look up your Medicare patients' new Medicare numbers (known as the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier, or MBI) through the secure web portal of your Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC).

Is Medicare number same as member ID?

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

Does your Medicare number change when you get a new card?

Your new card will replace your old card. You'll have the same Medicare number that you did before, only the last digit will change. Your old card will no longer be valid. We'll send your new card to the address you give us, in 3 to 4 weeks.

What do Medicare ID numbers look like?

MBI will contain Numbers and letters (Uppercase), that will use 0 to 9 numbers and all letters from A to Z, they have excluded S,L,O,I,B and Z so that will help all characters to easier to read. 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.

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. CMS also can initiate a change to the MBI.

What number do I call to get a linking code?

If you can't answer the questions you can phone us for a linking code. Phone us on 13 28 61 to get a linking code.

How do I update my Medicare details online?

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

How do I set up a Medicare app?

Set up the app
  1. Select Sign in.
  2. Read and accept the Express Plus Medicare mobile app Terms of use.
  3. Enter your myGov sign in details.
  4. Create or use your myGov PIN.

How do I get a linking code?

You can get a linking code over the phone or at a service centre.
To link one of these services to your myGov account, you'll need your linking code and any of these:
  1. your Centrelink Customer Reference Number (CRN)
  2. your Medicare card number.
  3. your Child Support Reference Number.

What is MBI Medicare ID?

The Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) is the new identification number that has replaced SSN-based health insurance claim numbers (HICNs) on all Medicare transactions, such as billing, claim submissions and appeals.