The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) is in the process of issuing new Medicare cards with a new “Medicare Beneficiary Identifier” to help protect the identities of Medicare beneficiaries

The new card does not contain the social security number.

In Maryland we expect the mailings to be completed by June 2018. You can use your new card as soon as you receive it.

You can contact the Social Security Administration to make sure the mailing address is correct.

The new number does not change the Medicare benefits.

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David Wingate is an elder law attorney at the Elder Law Office of David Wingate, LLC. The elder law office services clients with powers of attorneys, living wills, Wills, Trusts, Medicaid and asset protection. The Elder Law office has locations in Frederick and Montgomery Counties, Maryland.

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