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New Medicare Cards Will Be Sent To Recipients Between April 2018 to April 2019, says AMAC

medicare repeal kickback‘It won’t be a foolproof precaution, but it will go a long way toward protecting your identities’

WASHINGTON, DC, Mar 30 – Medicare has long been a lucrative target for fraudsters.  In fact, Medicare fraud costs taxpayers tens of billions of dollars each year.  The schemes range from fraudulent claims for healthcare reimbursements to fake prescriptions for medications and costly medical devices.

“But identity theft is one of the most prolific and personally dangerous types of fraud for individuals.  While bogus claims target the system, ID crimes target you, the individual.  When criminals steal your Medicare card numbers, they are also gaining illicit access to your Social Security number.  Not only can they then use the information to submit phony healthcare claims, but they can also use it to commit bank and credit card fraud, for example,” says Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC].

That’s why the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services [CMS] will begin issuing new Medicare cards starting in April.  The new cards will use random numbers instead of your Social Security numbers as your identifiers.

“It won’t be a foolproof precaution, but it will go a long way toward protecting your identities.  It will be up to you to keep your new card safe.  The bad guys can still use it to submit fake claims for reimbursement,” according to Weber.

Beware new scams, says the Federal Trade Commission, which has offered these guidelines to Medicare cardholders:

  • Don’t pay for your new card.  It’s yours for free.  If anyone calls and says you need to pay for it, that’s a scam.
  • Don’t give personal information to get your card.  If someone calls claiming to be from Medicare, asking for your Social Security number or bank information, that’s a scam.  Hang up.  Medicare will never ask you to give personal information to get your new number and card.
  • Guard your card.  When you get your new card, safeguard it like you would any other health insurance or credit card.  While removing the Social Security number cuts down on many types of identity theft, you’ll still want to protect your new card because identity thieves could use it to get medical services.

“Medicare recipients will not all receive their new cards at the same time,” says Weber.  “We will be getting our cards according to a state-by-state schedule that will last from April 2018 to April 2019.  To see when you will receive your card, click this link.“

ABOUT AMAC

The Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC] [http://www.amac.us] is a vibrant, vital senior advocacy organization that takes its marching orders from its members.  We act and speak on their behalf, protecting their interests and offering a practical insight on how to best solve the problems they face today.  Live long and make a difference by joining us today at http://amac.us/join-amac.

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Maria Rose

I just wish that they would use a secure method for sending out these new cards. ( like send us a tracking number to track for delivery “informed delivery “). We have had major problems in my area with improper mail delivery and stealing the mail. With a tracking number we could track progress from where it is sent from all the way to delivery as mail is scanned at every time handled. Bad enough that scammers are targeting seniors.

Jerry

I will by 65 near the end of the year, so I’ll be getting mine then. I’m happy of this change *before* I got it. It’s bad enough that we have to reveal our SS number just about everywhere these days. I always feel funny telling the red cross worker my number whenever I give blood.

The Ugly Truth

Too little too late. Also the futility of forever telling us “never share your SS number with anyone!” What? You can’t get a permit to do ANYTHING, sell a home, buy a home, open a bank account, go fishing, buy a car, or get a drivers license without giving the gendarmes or ordinary clerk your SS number. Many, including myself have also already been exposed through the hacking of doctor’s offices, a hospital, and Anthem Blue Cross already. All anyone need do is match up names to other known info (addresses etc.) and “discover” your new number.

Dan

So I’m curious. Which number (old or new) is the IRS going to want? Is my employer going to want the new one? Does the old one just disappear?

ron

amazing Delaware and dc are first on list

Paul V Stahl

So I won’t get my new card until after June 2018, such useless information.