card will finally drop Social Security number
One of many provisions added to bill to increase pay
for doctors in Medicare program
April 21, 2015 - One of the many - and probably
better things - buried in the bill passed by Congress and signed by the
President to increase the pay for doctors caring for Medicare patients
is a provision that will finally remove a seniors Social Security number
from their Medicare card.
Many seniors and their advocates have long
protested this practice, because it so frequently exposes that number
that is used so often for personal identification. Even the Social
Security Administration had protested this practice.
It is finally going to happen. And, as you would
assume, there will be a cost. The Congress allocated $320 million to
fund the transition.
The best report on this memorable event was written
by Robert Pear of the New York Times.
"Concerned about the rising prevalence and sophistication of identity
theft, most private health insurance companies have abandoned the use of
Social Security numbers to identify individuals. The federal government
even forbids private insurers to use the numbers on insurance cards when
they provide medical or drug benefits under contract with Medicare."
Read more at
The New York Times: New Law To Strip Social Security Numbers From
Medicare, too, has long been aware of the dangers
to seniors that is created by their Social Security number being exposed
so often, particularly around medical offices. The Centers for Medicare
and Medicaid Services published a pdf document -
Yourself and Medicare from Fraud.
yourself from identity theft
When someone steals your identity, they
could use your personal information without your consent to commit fraud
or other crimes. Personal information includes your name, Social
Security, Medicare, credit card, or bank account numbers. Guard your
cards, and keep your information safe.
If you suspect identity theft, or think you
gave your personal information to someone you shouldn’t have, call the
Federal Trade Commission’s ID Theft Hotline at 1‑877‑438‑4338. TTY users
should call 1-866-653-4261. Visit consumer.gov/idtheft to learn more
about identity theft.
If you’re in danger (for example, if someone
is pressuring or intimidating you), call your local police department
Note: If your Medicare or Social
Security card is lost or stolen, or if you need a new card, visit socialsecurity.gov, or call
Social Security at 1‑800‑772‑1213.
TTY users should call 1-800-325-0778. If you
get benefits from the Railroad Retirement Board, visit rrb.gov, or call
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