INDIANAPOLIS-- If you are on Medicare and you live in Indiana, you will likely be getting a new card in the mail very soon, if you haven’t already.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) removed social security numbers from the cards in an effort to improve fraud protection.
Instead, the cards contain a unique, randomly-assigned Medicare number that aims to better protect the user’s identity.
“Removing Social Security numbers from Medicare cards is one of the many ways CMS is committed to putting patients first and improving the consumer healthcare experience,” said Jackie Garner, Regional Administrator. “This change not only protects Medicare patients from fraud but also safeguards taxpayer dollars by making it harder for criminals to use Social Security numbers to falsely bill Medicare for care services and benefits that were never performed.”
The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) prompted the change in cards.