Medicare-Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP) Can Help You Make Health Benefit Decisions!
MMAP provides free health insurance counseling for people with Medicare and their families or caregivers. MMAP counselors are staff and volunteers trained to provide education, assistance and advocacy related to Medicare and Medicaid.
MMAP counselors can cover many topics:
- Medicare and Medicaid
- Supplemental insurance
- Prescription drug coverage
- Long-term care insurance
- Medicare health plans
- Medicare-Medicaid fraud and abuse
- New health care options
Call MMAP's toll-free help line at 1-800-803-7174 to speak with a counselor, to find out about how to become a volunteer MMAP counselor, and for more information, please visit:
Medicare cards were updated in 2018 to remove the social security number, gender, and signature line. The social security number was replaced with a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) that consist of 11 characters, made up of only numbers and uppercase letters. The MBI was randomly assigned to Medicare beneficiaries. Railroad Retirement Board also issued new cards. All Medicare cards were replaced in 2019. During the transition period (April 1, 2018 - December 31, 2019), beneficiaries who receive the new Medicare card may use either their current card or new card. Starting January 1, 2020, beneficiaries will only be allowed to use the new card.