New Medicare Cards in the Mail

Many of you may have received this notice.  We are reprinting it on Tidelines to remind you to keep an eye out for it.  As stated, it will take about a month for everyone to receive their new Medicare card.  If you do not get yours, contact Medicare to make sure it hasn’t gotten lost in the mail.

Keep an eye on your mailbox — we’re starting to mail new Medicare cards in South Carolina!

Now that card mailings have started in your state, it’ll take at least a month to finish. So you might get your new Medicare card at a different time than friends or neighbors in your area.

One tip: if you have a account, you can sign in and see when your new card has been mailed. Don’t have a MyMedicare.govaccount yet? It’s easy to sign up — just visit It’s a free, secure way for you to access your personal Medicare-related information.

Wondering what’s new? The new cards are still paper, but they look a little different. The biggest change is that your new card will have a new Medicare Number that’s unique to you, instead of a Social Security Number. This will help protect your identity. Though you’ll have a new card, rest assured your Medicare coverage and benefits will stay the same.

Tidelines Editors