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December 19, 2017

Medicare is continuing to mail new Medicare cards to people in your state. If you haven’t gotten your new card yet, don’t worry!
After your new Medicare card arrives in the mail, you can start using it right away.

Here are 3 things to do when your new card arrives:

  1. Carry your new Medicare card with you. Your doctors and health care providers know it’s coming and will ask for your new Medicare card when you need care.
  2. Destroy your old Medicare card. No need to hold onto it — it’s time to say goodbye!
  3. Keep your Medicare Advantage Plan card. If you’re in a Medicare Advantage Plan, like an HMO or PPO, keep using your Medicare Advantage Plan ID card whenever you need care. However, you should also carry your new Medicare card — you may be asked to show it.

You might have noticed your new Medicare card looks a little different, but rest assured your Medicare coverage and benefits are still the same. Visit to learn more about your new Medicare card.

Note: If you also have a Medicare drug plan card, keep that, too!