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Health & drug plans

What do the new Medicare cards mean for plans?

Medicare health and drug plans contracting or working with us will need to look at their systems and business processes and determine what changes will need to be made in order to use the new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI). Plans will need to make those changes and test them by April 2018, after which we will begin assigning MBIs and mailing out new Medicare cards. Plans will then be able to continue to exchange data with us so we can make sure that people in Medicare health and drug plans have a smooth transition to using MBIs, and that eligible Retiree Drug Subsidy (RDS) sponsors receive subsidies.

Where can plans get more information about the new Medicare cards?

To learn more, you can:

You can also check back here on our webpage.

We’ll give more details about the new Medicare cards as we have them. Plans will get these details the same way we usually send them information about other topics, such as the Health Plan Management System (HPMS), the RDS Program website, RDS program correspondence, Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug (MAPD) Release Letters, and updates to the Plan Communications Users Guide.