Category Archives: Medicare

New Medicare Cards

Greeting from MIC Insurance!  We hope you are enjoying your summer.

We want to share some Good News!  Medicare is taking steps to remove Social Security numbers from Medicare cards. Through this initiative the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will prevent fraud, fight identity theft CMS will issue new Medicare cards with a new unique, randomly-assigned number called a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) to replace the existing Social Security Number. They have started mailing new cards to people with Medicare benefits in April 2018. All Medicare cards will be replaced by April 2019.

 

 5 Things to Know

  1. Your new card will automatically come to you. You don’t need to do anything as long as your address is up to date. If you need to update your address, visit your My Social Security account.- Opens in a new tab

 

  1. If you have not received your card and would like to receive an email when the card is in the mail, please click on this link: https://www.medicare.gov/newcard/

 

  1. Once you get your new Medicare card, destroy your old Medicare card and start using your new card right away.

 

  1. Your new Medicare Number is a unique combination of numbers and letters. Your new number uses numbers 0 thru 9. The letters S, L, O, I, B, and Z are never used

 

Make sure to provide your new medicare card to all your doctors at your next visit.

PREPARING FOR AEP

BY: BETSY CHANDLER   While the weather is warm, and the days still afford us the opportunity for dinner on the deck, here at MIC Insurance, we are busy preparing for AEP.  AEP stands for Annual Enrollment Period and is also referred to as Medicare Open Enrollment. The open enrollment period is from October 15th thru… Continue Reading

What does Medicare not cover?

BY: BETSY CHANDLER   In order for Medicare to cover your doctor visit or hospital stay, the first step is to be sure that the doctor or hospital you are using is a Medicare provider. According to a recent study, more than 99% of doctors are Medicare providers. That certainly gives you pretty good odds… Continue Reading