The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) began mailing new Medicare cards to people who currently have Medicare benefits in Maine this week.

The new Medicare cards no longer contain a person’s Social Security number, but instead have a randomly assigned Medicare number. The change is intended to better protect health and financial information of people with Medicare and reduce fraud.

People who are new to Medicare in Maine started to receive their new Medicare cards in April.

As soon as people receive their new Medicare card, they should safely and securely destroy their old Medicare card and keep their new Medicare number confidential.

The new Medicare card will not change any of the program benefits and services that eligible people enrolled in Medicare receive. People with Medicare and their caregivers can visit to find out when new Medicare cards will be mailed to their area. They can also sign up for email notifications about the new card mailing and check the status in their state.

As the new Medicare cards are being mailed, people with Medicare should look out for scams and follow these tips:

• Medicare will never contact you for your Medicare number or other personal information in order to obtain your new Medicare card.

• Don’t pay anyone for a new Medicare card. If anyone calls or approaches you and says you need to pay for it, that’s a scam.

• Guard your card. When you get your new card, safeguard it as you would health insurance or credit cards.

• Only give your new Medicare number to doctors, pharmacists, other health care providers, your insurers, or people you trust to work with Medicare on your behalf.