Recently introduced by one of mature Americans’ most loyal advocates, Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX) drafted H.R. 781, the “Medicare Identity Theft Prevention Act of 2013.” This important piece of bipartisan legislation prohibits the inclusion of Social Security account numbers on Medicare cards in order to minimize the opportunity for perpetrators to commit identity thefts. With forty-seven million Americans carrying their Medicare cards with them in their purses or wallets on a daily basis, this bill takes proactive measures to shield seniors from the devastating and long-lasting impacts of this despicable crime. AMAC appreciates Rep. Johnson’s leadership on this critical matter and strongly encourages Congress to stand behind H.R. 781 – safeguarding the personal identities and the retirement savings that older Americans have built over the course of their careers. For these reasons, AMAC has proudly extended its support to the “Medicare Identity Theft Prevention Act of 2013.”
August 12th, 2013
The Honorable Sam Johnson
3rd District, Texas
U.S. House of Representatives
1211 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Representative Johnson,
I am writing today on behalf of the 750,000 members of AMAC, the Association of Mature
American Citizens, in strong support of H.R. 781, the “Medicare Identity Theft Prevention Act of 2013.” Pleased to see this important legislation introduced, AMAC firmly believes that this bill addresses a crucial change necessary to protect mature Americans and seniors from identity theft.
To ensure greater personal and financial security for seniors, H.R. 781 amends title II of the Social Security Act to prohibit the inclusion of Social Security account numbers on Medicare cards. Of note, forty-seven million Americans carry their Medicare cards with them on a daily basis, making them highly vulnerable to identity theft crimes. Removing Social Security Numbers from Medicare cards instantaneously minimizes the unavoidable risks that come with carrying Medicare cards and offers seniors peace of mind. While the crime of identity theft has long-lasting and devastating repercussions, this bill takes practical, proactive measures to prevent older Americans from losing the retirement savings they have built over the course of their careers. As identity thieves become increasingly more sophisticated, AMAC believes H.R. 781 takes responsible steps to shield seniors from this despicable crime.
Like many Americans, AMAC encourages Congress to enact commonsense legislation to strengthen the personal identification defenses of Medicare cardholders. AMAC is deeply committed to protecting all Americans – particularly mature Americans and seniors – from the harmful impacts associated with identity theft, and we believe that this legislation is a critical first step in combating identity theft perpetrators. Thanks to your esteemed leadership on this important matter and your concern for American senior citizens, AMAC is more than proud to endorse H.R. 781, the “Medicare Identity Theft Prevention Act of 2013.”
President and Founder of AMAC