FORT KENT — According to Bill Finerfrock, President of Capitol Associates and Executive Director of the Washington Office of the National Association of Rural Health Clinics, beginning in April 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin mailing new Medicare cards to all Medicare recipients. A new alpha-numeric identifier will replace the current Social Security Number-based identifier.
The roll-out for the new cards will occur over a several month period, based upon the geographic location of the Medicare beneficiary. If you are a Medicare beneficiary, please watch your mail closely over the next few months for notifications from Medicare relating to this change. According to the published mailing schedule, Maine Medicare beneficiaries can expect to receive their new card after June of 2018 and should begin bringing their new card with them to healthcare visits as soon as they receive it.
Here is the process Medicare is utilizing to launch the new cards.
— Newly eligible Medicare beneficiaries will get a card with a unique number, regardless of their geographic location.
— Distribution of cards for current beneficiaries will be randomized by geographic location. You may, however, begin to receive notifications relating to this change before that time.
— Starting in April, people with Medicare will be able to go to Medicare.gov/newcard to sign up for emails about the card mailing, and to check the card mailing status in their state.
— People with Medicare should use the new card once they receive it, but either the Social Security Number-based (old) card or the new random alphanumeric-based numbers can be used through December 2019.
— Beginning January 1, 2020, only the new card will be honored.
For questions about the new card, call 207-834-1817.
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