Thursday, February 8, 2018




Medicare recipients to get better identity protection

Medicare will transition to this card for all recipients
by 2019

WASHINGTON – Over the next 12 months, all Medicare recipients will receive new identification cards with new account numbers. At present, each person’s Medicare card ID consists of their Social Security Number with a letter suffix, but that is exposing people to identity theft.

Kathy Dunphy, with National Government Services, explained the change during a constituent telephone town hall session on Wednesday hosted by Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney.

“If you are in the mall or you are shopping and someone took your wallet and takes your Medicare card, there goes your identity,” Dunphy said. “That’s the real world today; you have to be very careful when you walk around with your Medicare cards readily available and unfortunately people try to take advantage of seniors.”

On the telephone town hall session, Maloney also heard from a constituent who complained that Medicare does not cover hearing aids, eyeglasses and teeth. He said he is a cosponsor or legislation that would correct that.


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