Skip to main content

New Medicare Card Project

(Known before as the Social Security Number Removal Initiative (SSNRI))

Personal identity theft affects a large and growing number of seniors. People age 65 or older are increasingly the victims of this type of crime. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015 requires that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) remove Social Security Numbers (SSNs) from all Medicare cards by April 2019. As part of a fraud prevention initiative to help combat identity theft and safeguard taxpayer dollars, a new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) will replace the SSN-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) on new Medicare cards which will be mailed to beneficiaries between April 2018 and April 2019.

CMS encourages RDS Plan Sponsors and Vendors to review the following resources:

Page last updated: