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Waiting for Social Security until new Medicare number received

There’s been a fair amount of publicity surrounding the new Medicare numbers which will start appearing on reissued cards in April of 2018 and continue to transition until early 2019. The purpose of this change is to mitigate the security threat inherent in having your Social Security Number (SSN) as the means to identify you for Medicare purposes. If someone is hyper-sensitive to the threat of identity theft, they might be inclined to delay taking Social Security until the new Medicare card, sans SSN, is received.  But this could be a costly decision, as explained in this article by Karin Price Mueller appearing at  Click here to read more.

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