New Medicare Cards Will Protect Against Fraud
Throughout my time in Congress, I have been a strong supporter of the Medicare program and voted to prevent more than half a trillion dollars in Medicare cuts. I’ve also opposed changes to Medicare that would impact current and nearretirees because I believe these programs were promised to Nevadans and that promise must be kept. As your United States Senator, I want to ensure all of Nevada’s Medicare recipients are aware of upcoming changes to their Medicare cards that will help protect identities and reduce fraud in the system. Earlier this year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), in compliance with the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), announced that it will be removing Social Security numbers from Medicare cards and start issuing new cards to recipients in 2018. Identity theft is a growing concern among senior citizens, and this new initiative will better protect those on Medicare from facing stolen Social Security numbers and fraud.
In a statement that went along with their announcement, CMS Administrator Seema Verma said, “We’re taking this step to protect our seniors from fraudulent use of Social Security numbers which can lead to identity theft and illegal use of Medicare benefits.”