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How the new Medicare cards aim to protect users’ identity

New Medicare cards coming to a mailbox near you.

Posted: Mar 29, 2018 7:41 AM
Updated: Mar 29, 2018 7:42 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Despite new Medicare cards being delivered to users starting in April, most people in the community told KIMT they didn’t even know new cards were coming.

So, here’s what you need to know.

The new cards are put in place to help fight fraud and identity theft. Unlike current Medicare cards, the new ones don’t have a person’s social security number or signature.

Wendy Tucker’s dad used to be on Medicare, and as her mom ages, Wendy says she’s on board with the changes.

“Let them decide if they want to give their information versus it just being placed on a card for easy access,” she said.

Wendy also added that this will allow only the people that need the information, like medical facilities, to access the social security number, rather than just anyone.

Joe Doppler, whose parents are Medicare users, agrees.

“You could lose a wallet or a purse and that information is easily obtained,” he said. “Any time data privacy laws are put in place I think that’s good for consumers and people in general.”

Wendy said after hearing about how scam calls asking older adults for their information, changes like this are helpful.

“Because it makes them less vulnerable and helps protect them because they are a little more easier to target,” she said.

The new cards have no impact on someone’s coverage or benefits. Also, people do not need to order a new card, the new card will be delivered to users all over the country starting in April 2018 and based off geographic location. Users just need to make sure their current address is updated.

The changes to the card are a result of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015.

Click here to get more information on the New Medicare card.

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