In today’s world of identity theft, it is amazing that Medicare still puts a beneficiary’s social security number on the card. While that does make it very easy for a Medicare recipient to remember their number, the risks are far greater. Well this will be coming to an end in the next few years. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reports that by April 2019 all Medicare beneficiaries will be issued a new card with a new number. It is unclear at this point how this process will unfold (either all at once or in stages) or how this will affect individuals. However, it is a necessary step in providing security to beneficiaries and the Medicare system as a whole.
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