New Medicare Cards Coming, Scams Reported
So your neighbor got a brand-new red-white-and-blue Medicare card with a new number, and you didn’t get one.
Just be patient: Your card probably isn’t lost or stolen, and the long wait is just about over if you live in Nebraska and Iowa. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is mailing cards in the two states now through the end of July.
Your new card — paper, like the old one — will have a randomly generated number that’s different from your Social Security number, and that’s the point.
But even the new-card process is sparking some confusion, said Cynde McCall, director of health access at Methodist Health System.