Coming Soon: New Medicare ID Cards

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are removing the Social Security Number (SSN)-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) from Medicare ID cards to help prevent fraud and fight identity theft. Instead of being based on a beneficiary's Social Security number, each Medicare number will be an individually generated combination of letters and numbers. As a result, every existing Medicare beneficiary will get an updated Medicare Card that lists their new Medicare number. 

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