In an attempt to decrease Medicare beneficiary vulnerability, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015 requires that all social security numbers be removed from Medicare cards by April 2019. Each Medicare recipient will now be assigned a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) that will replace their social security number on their card.
New Medicare cards will be distributed starting on April 1, 2018 to Medicare beneficiaries based on the state they live in. The anticipated delivery for Missouri patients is June, but you may receive your new card before or after this date.
- How will your MBI be different than listing your SSN?
- The MBI will be 11 characters in length, as opposed to the 9 digits for the SSN.
- The MBI will be made up of a combination of numbers and capital letters.
- Each MBI is randomly generated. They don’t have any hidden or special meaning. They are simply a group of randomized characters to be utilized your insurance identifier.
- What do the new Medicare cards mean for you?
- There are no changes to the benefits that you will receive. You may start using your new card as soon as you get it. The effective date of the new card, like the old card, is the date you were eligible for Medicare.
- Once you get your new Medicare card with the MBI, you can use them to enroll in Medicare Advantage or drug plans. If you do opt to enroll in advantage or drug plans, you will also receive an insurance card for that plan. You should always use the card from those plans when you get health care and/or prescriptions.
- What does this mean for you as an OCH patient?
- Please make sure you are bringing your updated insurance card to all of your provider visits. This will help us ensure that we are processing your claims correctly with Medicare and billing correctly for your visits. If you have any questions, please talk to the receptionist at your appointment.
- Will your card automatically work?
- Yes, once you receive your card, you will be automatically eligible to use it.