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Senator Kirk Calls for New Medicare Card to Keep Data More Secure

Senator Kirk Calls for New Medicare Card to Keep Data More Secure

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U.S. Sen. Mark S. Kirk (R-Ill.) wants a new card developed for Medicare beneficiaries to protect against identity theft and fraud.

Under federal legislation introduced by Kirk, a new Medicare card would be developed with less personal information displayed on the card itself. Instead, information such as the patient’s Social Security number would be included on a chip embedded in the card. Kirk says he got the idea from the Common Access Card used by the Department of Defense.

“I was very used to the CAC card,” Kirk said, “which on the military side has yet to be successfully counterfeited, and I wanted to make sure that all Medicare recipients have the same identity protection.”

Kirk claims the new cards would save the government millions of dollars a year by cutting down on fraudulent bills.

Similar legislation was introduced in 2011, but never made it out of committee.

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