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Q&AFrequently Asked Questions
Medicare Numbers Changing

Members

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Medicare is removing Social Security numbers from Medicare cards. You will receive a new Medicare card in the mail from CMS with a new Medicare number. See the state-by-state mailing schedule.

Yes, Medicare will be transitioning all Medicare enrolled members to a new number. You will receive a new Medicare card in the mail.

To protect your identity, Medicare is removing Social Security numbers from Medicare cards. Instead, the new cards will have a unique Medicare number.

Medicare will start mailing new cards in April. However, the transition process may take a year to complete, so it is possible you may not receive your new card and number until later in 2018 or 2019. Medicare plans to transition everyone by April 2019. See the state-by-state mailing schedule.

ETF will automatically update its systems to reflect your new Medicare number. However, any time you change your group health insurance program coverage, your new number will be required on the application. See Q6.

If you make changes to your health insurance in the future you will need to provide your new Medicare number on the application.