Does Medicare's Use of Social Security Numbers Enable Identity Theft?

February 24, 2012

Read a new editorial submitted by a PRC supporter.

Identity theft, a growing problem, is regularly in the news. We are warned to keep our Social Security numbers safe, to not carry our SSN cards with us.  But recently, I joined the ranks of Medicare recipients and, to my surprise, found that my Medicare number is my SSN number--and we are instructed to carry it with us at all times. 

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