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Removing the identity theft risk from your Medicare card

It’s a big and expensive project, but the Government is finally taking action to remove your Social Security number (SSN) as the primary means of identification on your Medicare card.  Using your SSN on the card means that anyone who has access to it, or any of the files (doctors, etc.) which contain it, can put you at risk for identity theft and serious financial problems.  But starting early next year, new Medicare cards will be issued not using your SSN but rather new medicare beneficiary identification, and that’s good news for millions of Medicare recipients.  This article by Elizabeth O’Brien appears at’s Money section and explains the card replacement program.  Click here to read more.

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