FREDERICTON (GNB) – Changes have been made to the way medicare cards are renewed.

Effective Aug. 1, New Brunswickers will no longer receive a notice of expiry in the mail to complete and return a form to medicare. Instead, cards will be automatically renewed and mailed providing medicare has current addresses. In addition, cards will be renewed for five years instead of three years.
 
“These changes will make the renewal of medicare cards more efficient,” said Health Minister Hugh Flemming. “The automatic renewal of cards means less paperwork for New Brunswickers and less processing by medicare which will result in a more streamlined process and savings of about $218,000 annually.”

Cards will be mailed to the address medicare has on file. If their address changes, New Brunswickers are reminded to call Service New Brunswick at 1-888-762-8600 or visit the medicare website to complete a change of address form.