Medicare Cards: What is New and Why

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Medicare beneficiaries, did you get your new Medicare card yet?  I did.  I have been waiting for the new card since it was announced last year that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) would finally comply with the mandate to remove the beneficiary’s Social Security number from the Medicare card.  My new ID number is reminiscent of the temporary password issued when you cannot remember your current password, a string of numbers and letters that make no sense.  That is the point, however, since identity theft was so easy when so many entities had copies of my Medicare card. …

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