Jan. 2, 2013 – In an unusual display of unity, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill designed to protect the nation’s seniors from identity theft by eliminating Social Security numbers from the Medicare ID card.
This follows a recent investigation that revealed a substantial number of Medicare beneficiaries are potential victims of identity theft. Medicare officials are not sold on the idea due to the high cost and the multiple agencies involved in the process of redesigning the ID cards and issuing new numbers.
Earlier this year, a report by the Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General found more than a quarter-million Medicare beneficiaries are potential victims of identity theft.
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