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Why You Shouldn’t Keep Your Medicare Card in Your Wallet (Updated)

February 19, 2017

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ID thieves can do a lot of damage if they get your Social Security number, which is why we recommend that you don’t carry your Social Security card or number in your wallet.

But Medicare beneficiaries are in a tough spot because SSN-based health claim numbers still appear on their Medicare cards. President Obama signed a law in April 2015 requiring the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to remove SSNs from Medicare cards, but the change is being implemented gradually

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