The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is mailing new Medicare cards to people who currently have Medicare benefits in Delaware to protect the safety and security of people with Medicare benefits.

The new Medicare cards no longer contain a person’s Social Security number, but rather a unique, randomly-assigned Medicare number that protects the identities of people with Medicare reduces fraud and offers better safeguards of important health and financial information.

Work on this important initiative was made possible by the enactment of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015.

People who are new to Medicare in Delaware started to receive their new Medicare cards in April along with others across the country when the mailing first began. As soon as people receive their new Medicare card, they should safely and securely destroy their old Medicare card and keep their new Medicare number confidential. The current mailing strategy allows the mailings of new cards to people with Medicare, new and current enrollees, during the next year.

The new Medicare card will not change any of the program benefits and services that eligible people enrolled in Medicare receive. People with Medicare and their caregivers can visit medicare.gov/newcard to find out when new Medicare cards will be mailed to their area. They can also sign up for email notifications about the new card mailing and check the status in their state.

Health care providers, suppliers and people with Medicare will be able to use secure lookup tools that allow quick access to the new Medicare numbers when needed. There will also be a 21-month transition period for health care providers and suppliers to use either the former Social Security-based Medicare number or the new Medicare number to ensure a seamless transition.

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