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US Medicare numbers to change from the SSN.
#1
About time too...

From an article in Modern Healthcare:


What scrubbing Social Security numbers from Medicare cards means for data handlers
By Joseph Conn  | August 27, 2016

"The CMS is getting to work on replacing Social Security numbers as identifiers for 150 million Medicare recipients, both living and dead.

By the end of 2019 the agency intends to use randomly generated identifiers instead of the health insurance claim number, composed of a Social Security number plus one or two letters. The proposed new ID will have seven numeric and four alphabetical characters."
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#2
Social Security numbers were never intended to be used for anything other than obtaining Social Security benefits.

It's become a de-facto national ID number that's used in everything from driver's licences to medical systems to financial transactions to government taxation. 

The  slippery slope of "well-intentioned, common-sense" government programs never ends well.  In the majority of "programs", government never gets smaller, less complex, or less intrusive - it tends to get larger, more complicated, and more demanding as citizens are coerced into giving up a little more of their freedoms and privacy each year (for the sake of convenience, expediency, safety and security).

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#3
Yay more numbers to memorize. I have memorized my and my wife's SS numbers, both driver's licenses and my frequently used credit card including expiration and cvv. :\ Now if I can only remember my name... or what I am doing here... who are you?


Using FlashAir W-03 SD card in machine. Access through wifi with FlashPAP or Sleep Master utilities.

I wanted to learn Binary so I enrolled in Binary 101. I seemed to have missed the first four courses. Big Grinnie

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#4
Por Que?
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#5
Funny how something can trigger one's memory. Just the mention of the social security number and memorizing it led me to remember when a sergeant in the national guard asked me the E1 newbie "WHAT IS YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER?!" DUNNO...


Oh-jeez 
 Well, let me tell ya, I know it now!

Flashing back 30 years hurts my brain BTW!
Sarcasm is a hobby of mine. I am not sarcastic on serious issues, implied or otherwise.
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#6
When I served, the SSN was not used as ones service number.
We had to know our service number forward, backward; and the sum of the digits.
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#7
Uncle Sam is removing the printed SSN off the military and retiree id cards. Number is supposedly encrypted in the coding on the card. The fun thing is the newer cards supposedly cannot be photocopied unless you use a special machine. Makes it real fun when your id card is also your medical insurance card.
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#8
Yeah. Gotta love it when good ole uncle Sam makes it "easier" for us. I see a need for added security, but when our government gets involved...your results may vary greatly.

Oh-jeez
Sarcasm is a hobby of mine. I am not sarcastic on serious issues, implied or otherwise.
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(04-01-2017, 02:47 PM)Homerec130 Wrote: ...the newer cards supposedly cannot be photocopied unless you use a special machine.

Where did I leave my soapbox? Ah, thank you.

I think all ID items should be made such that they cannot be imaged or scanned.
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#10
Preaching to the choir brother.


Using FlashAir W-03 SD card in machine. Access through wifi with FlashPAP or Sleep Master utilities.

I wanted to learn Binary so I enrolled in Binary 101. I seemed to have missed the first four courses. Big Grinnie

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