CMS has started mailing new Medicare cards to people with Medicare who live in “Wave 2” states and territories, including Alaska, American Samoa, California, Guam, Hawaii, Northern Mariana Islands, and Oregon. Additionally, CMS continues to mail cards nationwide to people who are new to Medicare and to Medicare beneficiaries who live in “Wave 1” states that include: Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Healthcare providers can use either the former Social Security-based Health Insurance Claim Number or the new alpha-numeric Medicare Beneficiary Identifier through December 31, 2019.
For more information:
- Check the mailing strategy as the mailings progress for additional information.
- Review new MLN Matters® Special Edition Article: Includes information on MBI changes initiated by people with Medicare, their authorized representatives, or CMS, as well as related eligibility and claims processing information.
- Direct people with Medicare to Medicare.gov/NewCard for information about the mailings and to sign up to receive emails about the status of card mailings in their state.