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Coming in April 2018: New Medicare Card, New Number


Medicare is taking steps to remove Social Security numbers from Medicare cards. In April 2018, people with Medicare will begin receiving new Medicare cards, replacing all cards by April 2019. These cards will have a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) number that is randomly generated with “non-intelligent” characters that do not have any hidden or special meaning.

If you currently send Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) Medicare claims to the RRB Specialty Medicare Administrative Contractor, Palmetto GBA, you will notice a change with the new cards:

on the card.


patient. The message will say, “Railroad Retirement Medicare Beneficiary”  in  271 Loop

2110C, Segment MSG.

to find out how to get this and other information.


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