Roll Call: Latest News on Capitol Hill, Congress, Politics and Elections
November 26, 2015

Anti-Fraud Bill Presses CMS to Nix Social Security Numbers on Medicare Cards

Medicare identification cards would no longer display beneficiaries’ Social Security numbers under a new bill outlined recently by the chairman of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health. Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, released the draft text of a measure that compiles a wide range of suggestions to thwart Medicare and Medicaid payment fraud and abuse. The proposals– collected from a bipartisan suggestions offered by committee members — range from halting payments for health services provided to deceased beneficiaries to enhanced fraud abuse monitoring of various specific provider payments, such as those for medical equipment, vacuum erection systems and ambulance services.

The aim of ending the printing of Social Security numbers on Medicare cards is to protect against possible fraud against Medicare beneficiaries, rather than to save the program’s money. The Medicare card is one of the few remaining federal documents that still display the full Social Security number, opening up the possibility for identity theft if the card is lost or stolen.

Eliminating Social Security numbers on the card is a long-running bipartisan congressional objective that has not been taken up by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. HealthBeat’s John Reichard reported in April on questions about the ID card posed to CMS official at a panel hearing on Medicare fraud. The Medicare agency insists that it lacks the resources to make the change.

The Government Accountability Office in 2012 reviewed several options offered to CMS to change the Medicare card. The suggestions included replacing the number, only partially displaying it, or denoting it in a machine readable bar code.


Comments (77)

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

author email

  1. Anonymous

    July 12
    2:48 p.m.

    I’ve been browsing on-line greater than 3 hours today, but I never discovered any fascinating article like yours. It is lovely value enough for me. In my view, if all site owners and bloggers made just right content as you did, the net will probably be much more useful than ever before. “When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.” by Lao Tzu.

  2. Anonymous

    July 18
    2:39 a.m.

    I am really impressed along with your writing talents and also with the layout for your weblog. Is this a paid theme or did you customize it your self? Anyway stay up the nice quality writing, it is uncommon to see a nice weblog like this one nowadays..

  3. Anonymous

    July 21
    1:06 a.m.

    There may be noticeably a bundle to find out about this. I assume you made certain nice points in features also.

  4. Anonymous

    July 24
    9:59 a.m.

    I like this blog very much, Its a rattling nice position to read and obtain info . “Misogynist A man who hates women as much as women hate one another.” by H.L. Mencken.

  5. Anonymous

    July 24
    5:41 p.m.

    I love the efforts you have put in this, thank you for all the great posts.

  6. Anonymous

    July 25
    5:43 p.m.

    I conceive this site holds some real excellent info for everyone. “It is easy enough to define what the Commonwealth is not. Indeed this is quite a popular pastime.” by Elizabeth II.

  7. Anonymous

    July 28
    6:20 a.m.

    Hey, you used to write magnificent, but the last few posts have been kinda boringK I miss your super writings. Past few posts are just a bit out of track! come on!

  8. Anonymous

    July 30
    1:11 p.m.

    Great – I should definitely pronounce, impressed with your website. I had no trouble navigating through all the tabs as well as related info ended up being truly easy to do to access. I recently found what I hoped for before you know it in the least. Quite unusual. Is likely to appreciate it for those who add forums or something, website theme . a tones way for your client to communicate. Nice task.

  9. Anonymous

    July 31
    7:55 a.m.

    Almost all of whatever you claim happens to be astonishingly precise and that makes me wonder why I hadn’t looked at this in this light before. This particular article really did switch the light on for me personally as far as this particular topic goes. Nonetheless at this time there is one issue I am not really too cozy with and whilst I attempt to reconcile that with the actual core theme of your position, let me see exactly what the rest of the visitors have to say.Well done.

  10. Anonymous

    Aug. 2
    4:48 p.m.

    Hey there would you mind stating which blog platform you’re working with? I’m planning to start my own blog soon but I’m having a tough time deciding between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your design and style seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something completely unique. P.S Apologies for getting off-topic but I had to ask!

  11. Anonymous

    Aug. 6
    8:30 a.m.

    Precisely what I was looking for, regards for putting up.

  12. Anonymous

    Aug. 7
    7:06 a.m.

    Fantastic goods from you, man. I have understand your stuff previous to and you are just extremely wonderful. I actually like what you have acquired here, really like what you are stating and the way in which you say it. You make it enjoyable and you still care for to keep it smart. I cant wait to read much more from you. This is actually a terrific web site.

  13. Anonymous

    Aug. 9
    10:01 p.m.

    Cool blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere? A design like yours with a few simple adjustements would really make my blog stand out. Please let me know where you got your theme. Thanks a lot

  14. Anonymous

    Aug. 12
    2:31 p.m.

    Excellent web site. A lot of useful information here. I’m sending it to a few friends ans also sharing in delicious. And naturally, thanks for your sweat!

  15. Anonymous

    Aug. 17
    10:32 p.m.

    You are my aspiration, I have few web logs and rarely run out from brand :). “The soul that is within me no man can degrade.” by Frederick Douglas.

  16. Anonymous

    Aug. 19
    9:14 a.m.

    wonderful post, very informative. I wonder why the other experts of this sector do not notice this. You should continue your writing. I’m confident, you have a huge readers’ base already!

  17. Anonymous

    Aug. 24
    9:54 a.m.

    Thanks a bunch for sharing this with all of us you really know what you are talking about! Bookmarked. Kindly also visit my web site =). We could have a link exchange contract between us!

  18. Anonymous

    Aug. 25
    11:57 a.m.

    Hello there! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a group of volunteers and starting a new project in a community in the same niche. Your blog provided us valuable information to work on. You have done a marvellous job!

  19. Anonymous

    Aug. 26
    12:33 a.m.

    I’ve been surfing online more than 3 hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours. It is pretty worth enough for me. Personally, if all website owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the web will be much more useful than ever before.

  20. Anonymous

    Aug. 29
    9:19 p.m.

    With havin so much content do you ever run into any issues of plagorism or copyright infringement? My blog has a lot of unique content I’ve either written myself or outsourced but it seems a lot of it is popping it up all over the internet without my authorization. Do you know any methods to help reduce content from being stolen? I’d certainly appreciate it.

  21. Anonymous

    Aug. 30
    1:44 a.m.

    Saved as a favorite, I really like your blog!

  22. Anonymous

    Sept. 1
    6:22 p.m.

    What’s Happening i am new to this, I stumbled upon this I have found It absolutely useful and it has helped me out loads. I hope to contribute & assist other users like its helped me. Great job.

  23. Anonymous

    Sept. 2
    8:46 a.m.

    I don’t even know how I finished up right here, but I believed this post was good. I do not know who you’re but certainly you are going to a well-known blogger if you are not already 😉 Cheers!

  24. Anonymous

    Sept. 2
    4:07 p.m.

    Would you be excited by exchanging links?

  25. Anonymous

    Sept. 2
    4:39 p.m.

    you have a great blog here! would you like to make some invite posts on my blog?

  26. Anonymous

    Sept. 2
    11:34 p.m.

    Thanks for this post, I am a big big fan of this internet site would like to keep updated.

  27. Anonymous

    Sept. 7
    3:34 p.m.

    I like what you guys are up also. Such smart work and reporting! Keep up the excellent works guys I¦ve incorporated you guys to my blogroll. I think it will improve the value of my web site :)

  28. Anonymous

    Sept. 8
    4:15 a.m.

    Hey, I think your website might be having browser compatibility issues. When I look at your website in Ie, it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up! Other then that, awesome blog!

  29. Anonymous

    Sept. 13
    1:59 a.m.

  30. Anonymous

    Sept. 17
    1:43 a.m.

    I’m really enjoying the theme/design of your weblog. Do you ever run into any internet browser compatibility issues? A few of my blog readers have complained about my website not working correctly in Explorer but looks great in Safari. Do you have any suggestions to help fix this issue?

  31. Anonymous

    Sept. 17
    8:30 a.m.

    You got a very excellent website, Sword lily I observed it through yahoo.

  32. Anonymous

    Sept. 17
    3:09 p.m.

    Hey there! This is kind of off topic but I need some advice from an established blog. Is it very hard to set up your own blog? I’m not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty fast. I’m thinking about setting up my own but I’m not sure where to start. Do you have any points or suggestions? Thanks

  33. Anonymous

    Sept. 18
    5:52 p.m.

    What is internet blogging and what is the best blog website?

  34. Anonymous

    Sept. 19
    8:47 a.m.

    Thank you for the great info!

  35. life insurance primerica

    Sept. 19
    5:57 p.m.

    Thanks for detailed review.. Waiting for future notes

  36. federation insurance

    Sept. 19
    7:05 p.m.

    Whats amazing post here. I will turn attention on your description.

  37. hanover insurance company phone number

    Sept. 19
    7:55 p.m.

    Thanks for detailed review.. Waiting for future notes

  38. statefarm quote

    Sept. 20
    11:27 a.m.

    Thanks for great info, I will you use it for my review!

  39. amica life insurance

    Sept. 21
    4:53 p.m.

    Try discounts up to 40 percent on auto or home insurance, get quotes by zip code from top insurance companies.

  40. amax lewisville tx

    Sept. 22
    6:47 p.m.

    Compare quotes to save more on auto and home insurance here.

  41. Anonymous

    Sept. 23
    4:01 a.m.

    Wonderful web site. Plenty of helpful info here. I am sending it to a few pals ans also sharing in delicious. And certainly, thanks in your sweat!

  42. federated insurance florida

    Sept. 23
    4:52 a.m.

    It takes only few minutes to get quotes and save on home or auto insurance policies.

  43. Anonymous

    Sept. 23
    9:35 p.m.

    Excellent goods from you, man. I’ve be aware your stuff previous to and you are just extremely excellent. I actually like what you’ve got right here, really like what you’re saying and the way wherein you are saying it. You are making it entertaining and you continue to care for to keep it smart. I can not wait to read far more from you. This is really a great website.

  44. Anonymous

    Sept. 26
    2:56 a.m.

    I have one computer running Vista which is connected to the internet and I want to be able to get the internet on my second computer (that’s got XP) which is connected via a crossover cable. What do I need to set to be able to surf the net on my second computer?. The LAN connection is running fine, I just don’t know what to set and where to get the net working on my XP computer..

  45. Anonymous

    Sept. 26
    2:59 p.m.

    It is actually a nice and useful piece of info. I?¦m satisfied that you shared this helpful information with us. Please keep us up to date like this. Thank you for sharing.

  46. compare home insurnce rates

    Sept. 28
    11:31 a.m.

    Get free quotes on car insurance by zip code over the USA!

  47. commercial auto insurance quote

    Sept. 29
    5:09 p.m.

    Best quotes in the USA on auto and home insurance. Get quotes by zip code and save on policy!

  48. acuity insurance sheboygan wi

    Oct. 1
    3:19 p.m.

    It takes only few minutes to get quotes and save on home or auto insurance policies.

  49. Anonymous

    Oct. 1
    4:14 p.m.

    Fashion 2015 is generally presented on our site with funky clothing and accessories collections` evaluates. Fashion 2015 is the preliminary into the extra decade of an new millennium. Exposed skin area design is considered to be very nice-looking, but seems similar to a halter and / or maybe backless designs can be very popular contained in the 2015 winter bridal gowns Fashion Time. The 2015 cold months wedding couple of days also showed up in predominant Egyptian a feeling of accessories rings, feathers to tassels.
    chinese garments

  50. Anonymous

    Oct. 2
    6:48 a.m.

    Donde Fuerteventura se documenta Aquel cabildante luqués. Cuando Fuerteventura abarba Aquel nacionalsocialismo imberbe

  51. Anonymous

    Oct. 2
    11:59 p.m.

    I follow all the installation instructions, after downloading, but Mozilla Firefox blocks the installation..

  52. Anonymous

    Oct. 4
    8:09 p.m.

    How to build a wordpress site while domain is on redirect.?

  53. omega pacific insurance

    Oct. 7
    9:24 a.m.

    Compare quotes by zip code instantly. Save up to $520 on combined auto policies!

  54. Anonymous

    Oct. 11
    3:32 a.m.

    Aquel Tenerife Cual descresta desde Este cuchillo mangorrero incurable. por Aquel Tenerife se transborda Este desafío implacable, El juvenil se desgreña Ese paño corcovado

  55. Anonymous

    Oct. 11
    1:22 p.m.

    Ese Lanzarote se alburea El sorbo incoercible. entre Ese Lanzarote bebe Un yen espiritual, Este cambista se engolosina Este fardelejo mentalizado

  56. Anonymous

    Oct. 11
    4:07 p.m.

    Some truly good information, Sword lily I noticed this.

  57. Anonymous

    Oct. 15
    12:03 p.m.

    Hello, i read your blog occasionally and i own a similar one and i was just curious if you get a lot of spam comments? If so how do you prevent it, any plugin or anything you can advise? I get so much lately it’s driving me insane so any support is very much appreciated.

  58. Anonymous

    Oct. 15
    12:21 p.m.

    Would you be interested in exchanging links?

  59. Anonymous

    Oct. 16
    11:12 a.m.

  60. Anonymous

    Oct. 16
    12:23 p.m.

    It’s perfect time to make some plans for the long run and it’s time to be happy. I have learn this submit and if I could I wish to recommend you few attention-grabbing issues or tips. Perhaps you can write next articles referring to this article. I desire to learn even more issues about it!

  61. Anonymous

    Oct. 24
    6:47 a.m.

    Great post but I was wondering if you could write a litte more on this subject? I’d be very grateful if you could elaborate a little bit more. Bless you!

  62. Anonymous

    Oct. 24
    5:03 p.m.

    I’ve been surfing online more than 3 hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours. It’s pretty worth enough for me. Personally, if all webmasters and bloggers made good content as you did, the internet will be a lot more useful than ever before.

  63. Anonymous

    Oct. 31
    6:21 p.m.

    I’m really impressed together with your writing talents and also with the structure in your blog. Is that this a paid subject matter or did you customize it yourself? Either way stay up the excellent quality writing, it’s uncommon to see a great weblog like this one today..

  64. Anonymous

    Nov. 6
    10:09 p.m.

    Only wanna input that you have a very decent website , I love the style it actually stands out.

  65. Anonymous

    Nov. 7
    11:08 a.m.

  66. Anonymous

    Nov. 9
    5:40 p.m.

    naturally like your web site but you need to take a look at the spelling on several of your posts. A number of them are rife with spelling issues and I in finding it very bothersome to inform the reality nevertheless I’ll definitely come again again.

  67. Anonymous

    Nov. 10
    12:13 a.m.

    I?¦ve read some good stuff here. Definitely value bookmarking for revisiting. I surprise how a lot attempt you put to create the sort of great informative site.

  68. Anonymous

    Nov. 12
    5:18 a.m.

    You must participate in a contest for one of the best blogs on the web. I will advocate this site!

  69. Anonymous

    Nov. 12
    9:28 a.m.

    Terrific paintings! That is the type of information that are supposed to be shared around the web. Shame on the seek engines for no longer positioning this post higher! Come on over and seek advice from my website . Thank you =)

  70. Anonymous

    Nov. 12
    12:53 p.m.

    Nice read, I just passed this onto a colleague who was doing a little research on that. And he actually bought me lunch as I found it for him smile So let me rephrase that: Thanks for lunch!

  71. Anonymous

    Nov. 13
    10:06 p.m.

    Wow, marvelous blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you make blogging look easy. The overall look of your site is wonderful, let alone the content!

  72. Anonymous

    Nov. 14
    3:05 a.m.

    Whats Happening i’m new to this, I stumbled upon this I have discovered It positively useful and it has aided me out loads. I hope to contribute & assist different customers like its helped me. Good job.

  73. Anonymous

    Nov. 14
    9:18 a.m.

    Saved as a favorite, I really like your blog!

  74. Anonymous

    Nov. 17
    2:59 a.m.

    Hello! I know this is kinda off topic but I was wondering if you knew where I could find a captcha plugin for my comment form? I’m using the same blog platform as yours and I’m having problems finding one? Thanks a lot!

  75. Anonymous

    Nov. 20
    2:07 p.m.

    Hello! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a collection of volunteers and starting a new initiative in a community in the same niche. Your blog provided us beneficial information to work on. You have done a outstanding job!

  76. Anonymous

    Nov. 25
    1:07 a.m.

    That might just be BB-8 with no clothes on. Hmm.
    hi top sneakers for womens

  77. Anonymous

    Nov. 25
    9:04 a.m.

    It’s perfect time to make a few plans for the future and it is time to be happy. I have read this publish and if I could I want to suggest you few fascinating issues or suggestions. Maybe you can write next articles regarding this article. I wish to learn more things approximately it!

Sign In

Forgot password?



Receive daily coverage of the people, politics and personality of Capitol Hill.

Subscription | Free Trial

Logging you in. One moment, please...