AP NewsBreak: Medicare card remake to protect seniors
September 15, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare cards are getting a makeover to fight identity theft.
No more Social Security numbers plastered on the card. Next April, Medicare will begin mailing every beneficiary a new card with a unique new number to identify them.
"Criminals are increasingly targeting people age 65 and older for medical identity theft," Medicare chief Seema Verma told The Associated Press. "We are committed to preventing fraud."
Medicare is revealing the cards' new design on Thursday as the government gears up for a massive transition that will involve coordination with 58 million benefic...