New Medicare Card Mailing Update – Wave 5 Begins, Wave 3 Ends
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August 21, 2018

New Medicare Card Mailing Update – Wave 5 Begins, Wave 3 Ends

We started mailing new Medicare cards to people with Medicare who live in Wave 5 states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. We continue to mail new cards to people who live in Wave 4 states, as well as nationwide to people who are new to Medicare.

We finished mailing cards to people with Medicare who live in Wave 1, 2 and 3 states and territoriesExternal PDF. If your Medicare patients say they did not get a card, instruct them to:

  • Sign into MyMedicare.gov to see if we mailed their card. If so, they can print an official card. They must create an account if they do not already have one.
  • Call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). There might be something that needs to be corrected, such as updating their mailing address.

You can also print out and give them a copy of “Still Waiting for Your New Card?External PDF” or you can orderExternal Website copies to hand out.

To ensure your Medicare patients continue to get care, you can use either the former Social Security number-based Health Insurance Claim Number or the new alpha-numeric Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) for all Medicare transactions through December 31, 2019.

Check this websiteExternal PDF as the mailings progress. Continue to direct your Medicare patients to Medicare.gov/NewCardExternal Website for information about the mailings and to sign up to get email about the status of card mailings in their state.

Information on the transition to the new MBI:


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