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    Everyone on Medicare will be getting new cards some time in April. The new card will have a new number, and it won't be your Social Security number.

    I'm glad this is being done. Having the Social Security number right there on the Medicare card makes it all too easy for that Social Security number to circulate here, there, and everywhere.

    More about it here but it's a pesky .pdf file:

    https://www.medicare.gov/Pubs/pdf/12...icare-Card.pdf
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    Cool

    It seems I was able to open a pdf file last time you posted one, but not this time.


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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~

    Here's the information, for those of you, who can't access pdf files:

    1. Mailing takes time:

    Your card may arrive at a different time than your friends or neighbors.

    2. Destroy your old Medicare card:

    Once you get your new Medicare card, destroy your old
    Medicare card and start using your new card right away.

    3. Guard your card:

    Only give your new Medicare Number to doctors, pharmacists,
    other health care providers, your insurers,
    or people you trust to work with Medicare
    on your behalf.

    4. Your Medicare Number is unique:

    Your card has a new number instead of your Social
    Security Number. This new number is unique
    to you.

    5. Your new card is paper:

    Paper cards are easier for many providers to use and copy,
    and they save taxpayers a lot of money. Plus,
    you can print your own replacement card if
    you need one!

    6. Keep your new card with you:

    Carry your new card and show it to your health care
    providers when you need care.

    7. Your doctor knows itís coming:

    Doctors, other health care facilities and providers will
    ask for your new Medicare card when you
    need care.

    8. You can find your number:

    If you forget your new card, you, your doctor or other
    health care provider may be able to look
    up your Medicare Number online.

    9. Keep your Medicare Advantage Card:

    If youíre in a Medicare Advantage Plan (like
    an HMO or PPO), your Medicare Advantage
    Plan ID card is your main card for Medicare Ė
    you should still keep and use it whenever you
    need care. However, you also may be asked
    to show your new Medicare card, so you
    should carry this card too.

    10. Help is available:

    If you donít get your
    new Medicare card by
    April 2019, call

    1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).

    TTY users can call 1-877-486-2048.

    Love & Light,



    Rose
    Mom to Jon, 48, (seizure disorder; Gtube; trache; colostomy; osteoporosis; hypothyroid; enlarged prostate; lymphedema, assorted mysteries) and Michael, 32, (intractable seizures; Gtube), who were born with an undiagnosed progressive neuromuscular disease and courageous spirits. Our Angel Michael received his wings in 2003 and now resides in Heaven. Our Angel Jon lives at home with me and Jim, the world's most wonderful Dad.

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    Cool

    Thank you Rose.

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    Smile

    :) On the medicare cards with my social security number on it, just black it out with a magic marker. I know the number and can give it when needed. Jeanie :)

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    Your docs accept it?

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