Medicare cards to see changes

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Medicare card for senior citizens is about to be revamped to help avoid problems with identity theft, with officials hoping the new cards will help seniors avoid being a victim.

The changes are part of a plan created by Congress several years ago to do away with the use of Social Security numbers as part of a Medicare identification number.

Terry Combs, a financial services manager with St. Bernards Total Life Care, said the new card numbers will have 11 numbers and letters for individuals to help avoid the possibility of a senior citizen being defrauded.

"People are very apt to look for seniors as targets so this is a move to help slow of that rise randomizing those numbers so they do not relate back to their Social Security number," Combs said.

The new cards are expected to be mailed between April 2018 and April 2019, officials said, noting senior citizens should destroy their old cards once they receive the new one.

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