Not sure what took them so long to figure out that they needed to do this, but I am glad that they are FINALLY doing this.
Historically, Medicare Cards used a person’s Social Security Number on them. This means, every service you get…every time you show your insurance cards, you are handing over your Social Security Number. It also means that it is put on countless forms that you fill out, and is copied and sent to countless people that you send your medical records to. All this adds up to a clear and present danger in terms of Identity Theft.
Many disabled people, however, have chosen to simply not show their Medicare Cards at various appointments. I know after the first few times, I didn’t show mine either. However, now we can look forward to increased safety.