For Immediate Release: August 24, 2018

Contact: Barry Smith at 919-807-6014

New Medicare cards being mailed out

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey reminds people who have Medicare health insurance to check their mail boxes. Their new Medicare card could be in there.

“Your new Medicare card may look a little different, “Commissioner Causey said. “It will no longer have your Social Security number on it. That’s to help protect against fraud and identity theft, and to protect your medical information.”

Instead, the new card will use a combination of numbers and letters.

Your new card will automatically come to you. You don’t need to do anything to receive your new card as long as your address is up to date. If you need to update your address, visit your My Social Security account page ( ).

Once you get your new Medicare card, remember to destroy your old card. You can start using your new card right away.

All this month, Medicare has been mailing the new cards to beneficiaries in many Southeast states including North Carolina. It will likely take 30 days, perhaps longer, for the mailings to be complete.

Commissioner Causey also warns Medicare recipients that unscrupulous people may use the new card rollout as an opportunity to scam you. Don’t fall for it.

Here are some ways people may try to steal from you:

For more information on Medicare fraud, contact the Senior Medicare Patrol within the Department of Insurance’s Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) at 1-855-408-1212.