Medicare has started mailing new Medicare cards to all beneficiaries in New Jersey.  The new cards wills contain:

  • 11 characters, mix of letters and numbers
  • Random number  – not associated with SSA number, or how collecting benefits


  • New cards are FREE. Beware of scams asking for money or bank information over the phone related to the new cards.
  • Mailing will take time. Your card may arrive at a different time than your friend or neighbor.
  • Make sure your mailing address is up to date. Contact Social Security to check at 1-800-772-1213 or
  • Only your Medicare number is changing. Your Social Security number stays the same.  Keep any insurance cards you have from your Medigap, Part D, Medicare Advantage or retiree health plans.
  • Your Medicare coverage and benefits will stay the same.
  • Start using your new card as soon as you get it.
  • Beginning January 1, 2020, you can only use the new Medicare card and new number.
  • Be sure to destroy your old red, white, and blue Medicare card.
  • Health care providers can look up your new Medicare number if you forget your card.


About Jerry

Jerold E. Rothkoff, a practicing New Jersey and Pennsylvania attorney, is the Principal of the Rothkoff Law Group, an elder care law firm. Jerry dedicates his practice to serving clients in the areas of life care planning, long-term care planning, Medicaid & VA benefits, and advocacy for the elderly and disabled. He is past President of the NJ Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, former chair of the elder law section of the NJ State Bar Association, and past President of the Life Care Planning Law Firm Association. Jerry continues to be an outspoken advocate for the rights of the elderly and disabled. He writes for and gives presentations regularly to attorneys and other professionals about legal issues related to seniors and those with disabilities. Jerry’s community activities include the Twilight Wish Foundation, the Delaware Valley Stroke Council, the Alzheimer’s Association, as well as numerous other advocacy groups. When not in the office, Jerry spends time with his wife, Erica, and their five children, eighteen-year old identical twin girls, Liza and Julia, fifteen-year old fraternal twin boys, Evan and Gregory, and six-year old Aitan.

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