News

Senator Kirk Calls for New Medicare Card to Keep Data More Secure

Senator Kirk Calls for New Medicare Card to Keep Data More Secure

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

U.S. Sen. Mark S. Kirk (R-Ill.) wants a new card developed for Medicare beneficiaries to protect against identity theft and fraud.

Under federal legislation introduced by Kirk, a new Medicare card would be developed with less personal information displayed on the card itself. Instead, information such as the patient’s Social Security number would be included on a chip embedded in the card. Kirk says he got the idea from the Common Access Card used by the Department of Defense.

“I was very used to the CAC card,” Kirk said, “which on the military side has yet to be successfully counterfeited, and I wanted to make sure that all Medicare recipients have the same identity protection.”

Kirk claims the new cards would save the government millions of dollars a year by cutting down on fraudulent bills.

Similar legislation was introduced in 2011, but never made it out of committee.

Recent Headlines

in Entertainment

Johnny Depp could face 10 years behind bars down under

Fresh
johnnydepp

The actor could face a stiff punishment for ignoring animal immigration procedures.

in Trending, Viral Videos

TODAY’S MUST SEE: A ‘bad lip reading’ of ‘The Avengers’

Fresh
17-overlay6

The "Redneck" Avengers are here for a different kind of adventure.

in Entertainment

Patrick Dempsey isn’t retiring

Fresh
patrickdempsey

The TV star has been keeping a side career as a race car driver, leading some to believe he's putting his acting days behind him for life in the fast lane.