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Good Question: Can your insurance card impact your credit?

July 18, 2017 07:04 AM

It's a story that impacts thousands of people. Why do Medicare cards, that many of you need to carry around and show as proof of health insurance coverage, have your social security number blasted on the front?

Roland Rodriguez asked Pat Taney about this.

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"If you look at your Medicare card it has your entire social security number as the account number!" Rodriguez said.

The number is in bold on the front.

“I have lost the card twice and had my credit affected," Rodriguez said.

He's not alone. Many other seniors around the U.S. have had the same thing happen. Their card was either stolen or lost and their identity swiped.

"It’s very wrong and this affects a lot of people," Rodriguez said.

So when will it change?

Back in 2015, Congress ordered the government to issue new cards without a social security number. We're told they're still in the process but don't expect one for a while.

The answer to this question: new cards won't be sent out until at least April of 2018!

In the meantime, if you do lose your card, you have to call the Social Security hotline at 1-800-772-1213.

You should also monitor all credit reports for a while to make sure your identity has not been compromised.

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