Medicare still puts your Social Security number on your Medicare card
44 million Americans are carrying in their wallet or purse their Medicare card. Medicare cards contain the person’s Social Security number. Placing SSNs on Medicare cards unnecessarily places millions of individuals at-risk for identity theft. In 2008, the House of Representatives passed without objection a bill, the Medicare Identity Theft Prevention Act, which requires Medicare to take steps that private companies and other government agencies have already taken to protect the identities of seniors by removing the display of Social Security numbers on Medicare cards. Unfortunately, this important step to protect America’s seniors has not been taken.
Until the Social Security Administration removes your Social Security number from your Medicare card, you need to take steps to protect yourself.
Get and review your free annual credit reports: http://www.annualcreditreport.com
Only carry your Medicare when absolutely necessary.
Consider getting Identity Theft Protection like Identity Theft Shield.
Protect yourself from the risk the government places on your security.