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.

 

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“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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