FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 14, 2011
AARP Media Relations, 202-434-2560
AARP Joins Bipartisan Effort to Prevent Identity Theft of Medicare Beneficiaries
WASHINGTON – AARP today endorsed the Medicare Common Access Card Act of 2011 in a letter to U.S. Senators Mark Kirk and Ron Wyden as well as U.S. Representatives Jim Gerlach and Earl Blumenauer. The bill will create a secure Medicare identification card pilot program for beneficiaries located in five geographic areas nationwide. This bipartisan and bicameral piece of legislation introduced today will replace paper Medicare cards with secure cards that carry the personal information electronically of individuals in the program.
Excerpts of the letter of support from Joyce A. Rogers, AARP Senior Vice President, are below:
“On behalf of AARP’s millions of members, we are pleased to endorse the Medicare Common Access Card Act of 2011. Your legislation will create a secure card pilot program under the Medicare program.
“Older Americans are particularly vulnerable to the dangers of identity theft. Your legislation will pilot a program to replace the current paper Medicare card with a smart card that would store the beneficiary’s personal information electronically on a computer chip, and would require both beneficiaries and providers to confirm receipt of services at the time services were provided. Similar technology currently exists for Department of Defense personnel.
“Your legislation not only provides enhanced information security, but will also help to reduce fraud in the Medicare program by verifying the identity of both Medicare beneficiaries and providers. Medicare dollars should be spent on necessary services and not lost to fraudulent activities.”
For a copy of the full-text of the letter, please contact AARP Media Relations by phone at (202) 434-2560 or via email at email@example.com.
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