New Common Benefit Identification Card

Effective August 1, 2016, the new Common Benefit Identification Card (CBIC) is available to Medicaid consumers who do not already have a card or need to request a replacement card.

Issuance of the new cards began at the two over-the-counter card issuance sites in New York City and mailing of CBIC cards with the new design will begin statewide in late September 2016.

Existing Cards

There will be no mass replacement of existing cards as a result of the new card design. Existing active blue and white cards with the current logo will continue to work throughout this transition and must be accepted by all Medicaid enrolled providers, including pharmacies, according to current procedures.

Reminder: It is unlawful to give, lend, sell, buy or offer inducements to obtain the use of a Medicaid enrollee's card.

Additional Information

Additional information on the new card design can be found on the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) Card website.