WASHINGTON (AP) — The government, to meet it on the track in 2019 deadline for the replacement of the protecting social security numbers on Medicare cards with randomly generated numbers and letters seniors from identity theft.
The planning for the massive transition has been underway for years.
Medicare officials said on Tuesday, the beneficiaries and their families should start seeing changes in the coming April. That’s when the Agency will start mailing new cards, more than 57 million elderly and disabled beneficiaries. You will be instructed to destroy their old cards after you the new.
The government says that the elderly are increasingly the victims of identity theft, with a 24 percent increase in such cases from 2012-2014.
Congress has an April 2019 deadline for all beneficiaries to have new cards.