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New Medicare ID numbers should reduce vulnerability, but still beware

Thankfully, starting in April and May of next year, Medicare will be issuing new cards which no longer use your Social Security number as a means to identify you for healthcare services.  That will go a long way to reduce your risk of fraud by anyone with access to your records, and that access is pretty wide.  The new Medicare number, called a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI), will take easy access to your Social Security number by healthcare employees out of the equation, but that doesn’t mean scammers won’t still try to find a way to defraud you.  This article by Julie Jason appears at and offers advice on how to stay ahead of the scammers.  Click here to read more.

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