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Medicare making changes to help prevent identity theft
2019 deadline to replace Social Security numbers
2:12 PM, May 30, 2017
2:43 PM, May 30, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) -
The government says it's on track to meet a 2019 deadline for replacing Social Security numbers on Medicare cards with randomly generated digits and letters to protect seniors against identity theft.
Planning for the massive transition has been underway for years.
Medicare officials said Tuesday beneficiaries and their families should start seeing changes next April. That's when the agency will begin mailing out new cards to more than 57 million elderly and disabled beneficiaries. They'll be instructed to destroy their old cards after they get the new one.