Security is on the minds of most people today, and with good reason. We Insurance Agents go to great lengths to protect the personal information of our clients that we require in order to perform the service we provide. However, for years, much of our work was undone by the indiscriminate sharing of Social Security Numbers as recorded on a person’s Medicare ID Cards. Not much a person could do about it, it was on the card and one had to share the Medicare Card to receive services. Well, I am happy to say that this is changing! That is really good news.

New ID cards, with a new 11 digit identifier will be made up of numbers and uppercase letters. The Social Security number will not be on the cards going forward.

These new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier cards are being prepared and released beginning as early as April 1st. This will take about a year to complete. California Residents (and 12 other jurisdictions) should receive their cards beginning in April and this should be complete (in California) by the end of June 2018.

The new cards will be slightly smaller than the old. Also, there will be no need to sign the cards and a person’s sex is not being recorded as formerly done.

(A person having the old cards should keep them until 2020 as the new billing system gets fully implemented).

Would you like to protect these new cards? I will be offering a service to my clients as well as others in my primary service area (Calaveras, San Joaquin, Amador, El Dorado and other close areas).

Just ask me, and I will laminate these at no charge. Call me or email me to make arrangements to have this done.

Michael P Myers

CA License 0561502

Call (209) 390-1163 |


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