H. R. 1509
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
April 13, 2011
Mr. Sam Johnson of Texas (for himself and Mr. Doggett) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means
To amend title II of the Social Security Act to prohibit the inclusion of Social Security account numbers on Medicare cards.
This Act may be cited as the
Medicare Identity Theft Prevention Act
Prohibition of inclusion of social security account numbers on Medicare cards
Section 205(c)(2)(C) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 405(c)(2)(C)) is amended by adding at the end the following new clause:
The Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Commissioner of Social Security, shall establish cost-effective procedures to ensure that a Social Security account number (or any derivative thereof) is not displayed, coded, or embedded on the Medicare card issued to an individual who is entitled to benefits under part A of title XVIII or enrolled under part B of title XVIII and that any other identifier displayed on such card is easily identifiable as not being the Social Security account number (or a derivative thereof).
The amendment made by subsection (a) shall apply with respect to Medicare cards issued on and after an effective date specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, but in no case shall such effective date be later than the date that is 24 months after the date of the enactment of this Act.
In the case of individuals who have been issued such cards before such effective date, the Secretary of Health and Human Services—
shall provide for the reissuance for such individuals of such a card that complies with such amendment not later than 3 years after such effective date; and
may permit such individuals to apply for the reissuance of such a card that complies with such amendment before the date of reissuance otherwise provided under subparagraph (A) in such exceptional circumstances as the Secretary may specify.