Your Medicare card: Go ahead, leave home without it
Stop Identity theft from happening to you. What's in seniors' wallets? Most likely, a Medicare card that leaves you vulnerable to scams and fraud.
PROTECTING YOUR NUMBERIt's a peculiar anachronism in this era of digital insecurity: Social Security numbers are printed on every Medicare card, and the back of the card instructs seniors to carry it with them at all times. (Medicare's identification number is called the Health Insurance Claim Number, but your HICN is your Social Security number.)
Don't carry the cardIgnore, for now, Medicare's guidance to carry your card at all times. It's unnecessary in most cases.