Sam Johnson Reintroduces Bill to Protect Seniors from Identity Theft

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Washington, January 14, 2015 | comments
Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) reintroduced his Medicare Identity Theft Prevention Act, which would protect seniors from identity theft by removing Social Security numbers from Medicare cards. Fellow Texan Lloyd Doggett (TX-35) joined him in authoring this legislation.

“Our seniors should have peace of mind when it comes to their personal identity,” said Johnson. “Unfortunately, seniors can be easy targets for criminals due to the fact that their Social Security numbers are on their Medicare cards. The fact that seniors are told they must carry their Medicare card with them – which clearly displays their Social Security numbers – makes no sense. If the Department of Defense can protect troops by stopping the issuance of ID cards with Social Security Numbers, then we can certainly do the same for our seniors."  

“Our seniors want, need, and deserve this commonsense consumer protection,” Johnson continued. “I thank my fellow Texan Rep. Doggett for working with me on this important bill.”

“With identity thieves becoming more sophisticated, a little prevention can save a lot of heartache,” said Rep. Lloyd Doggett. “This legislation will help protect the approximately 50 million Medicare beneficiaries from identity theft by removing Social Security numbers from Medicare cards.”

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