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New Medicare cards are coming starting in April

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will start mailing redesigned Medicare cards to beneficiaries in Washington state after June 2018. The new card contains a unique, randomly assigned number that replaces consumers' Social Security numbers. The purpose is to prevent fraud, combat identity theft and safeguard taxpayer dollars. All replacement cards should be delivered nationwide by April 2019.
Here are 10 things to know about your new Medicare card:
Mailing takes time: Your card may arrive at a different time than your friend�s or neighbor�s.Destroy your old Medicare card: Once you get your new Medicare card, destroy your old Medicare card and start using your new card right away.Guard your card: Only give your new Medicare number to doctors, pharmacists, other health care providers, your insurers, or people you trust to work with Medicare on your behalf.Your Medicare number is unique: Your card has a new number instead of your Social Security Number. This new num…

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