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Medicare card remake to protect seniors

1 week 3 days 20 hours ago Thursday, September 14 2017 Sep 14, 2017 September 14, 2017 7:44 AM September 14, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Photo: The Washington Post

WASHINGTON- Medicare cards are getting a makeover to fight identity theft.

Medicare is replacing the Social Security numbers on cards with a unique new number to identify beneficiaries. The government will begin mailing new cards to participants next April, a massive transition expected to take a year.

Medicare chief Seema Verma says it's about protecting increasingly vulnerable seniors from fraud.

Medicare is revealing the cards' new design on Thursday, as the agency gears up for the change and begins telling seniors what to expect. New cards will be mailed automatically - but that's still months away so meanwhile, seniors should guard their existing card.

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