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Social Security To Issue New Medicare Cards

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Sep 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

If you are on Medicare, watch your mailbox closely. Social Security is going to send you a new Medicare card.  The reason they are doing this is to correct an error many decades in the making.

When Medicare began, the program used people's Social Security numbers as their Medicare ID numbers.  This probably seemed like a rational idea at the time. Flash forward to the Internet age

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when identity theft is rampant. Suddenly, reusing Social Security numbers as Medicare ID's does not seem very smart.

While Social Security claims this transition to new Medicare ID's will go smoothly, I'm not so sure. I suspect there will be a great deal of confusion as this change over takes hold. Consider that every medical facility that accepts Medicare (basically all of them) are going to have to update their records with new ID's.  I also fear that many Medicare recipients won't get their new cards or even hear about the change.  

Social Security will start sending out the new Medicare cards next April. There is plenty of time to get the details right and ensure a clean transition.  If you get Medicare, you can do your part by looking for the replacement card and supplying your doctors with your new ID.

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John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.


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