New Medicare Card Scam Warning

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New Medicare Card Scam Warning

New Medicare Cards will be mailed to New York State Medicare recipients beginning after June of 2018. There is NO COST for the new card and you do not need to take any action to receive a new card. Medicare will NEVER ask you to provide any personal or private information to get your new card.

Due to the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015, the US Department of Health and Human Services announced last fall that they will be issuing NEW Medicare Cards for all recipients beginning in April of 2018. They will begin mailing new cards to New York State Medicare recipients after June of 2018, with a plan to have all cards replaced by April of 2019. The purpose of sending new cards is to help prevent identity theft that may occur due to the fact that a Medicare recipient’s Social Security number was also used as their Medicare card number. With the new card, a new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) will be issued, replacing recipients Social Security number, with an eleven character identifier which will contain a combination of numbers and uppercase letters.

Scammers have taken this opportunity to attempt to obtain Medicare recipients personal information in a new identity theft scam. This phishing scam has been reported by Niskayuna residents and generally involves a call or email falsely telling people they need to share their personal information or even pay a fee in order to receive a New Medicare Card. If you are contacted by ANYONE telling you that you must take ANY steps in order to receive a new card, DO NOT follow their instructions and DO NOT give them any of your personal information. There is no cost for the new card and you don’t need to take any action to receive a new card. Additionally, Medicare says that it will never ask you to provide any personal or private information to get your new card. Anyone claiming to be an agent of Medicare asking you for personal information or payment of fees in order to receive a new card is committing a crime. 

To report someone falsely claiming to be from the government, a business, or family member to the Federal Trade Commission’s FTC Complaint Assistant:

https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/#crnt&panel1-1

Information from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services regarding the new Medicare Cards:

https://www.cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Press-releases/2017-Press-releases-items/2017-05-30.html

https://www.cms.gov/medicare/new-medicare-card/nmc-home.html

Media coverage related to New Medicare Card Scams:

https://www.aarp.org/health/medicare-insurance/info-2017/new-design-medicare-id-cards.html

http://time.com/money/5023470/medicrae-open-enrollment-scams/

Additional Scams to be aware of:

https://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/fraud-watch-network/?intcmp=AE-MON-CP-EOA2