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Text of the Social Security Number Protection Act of 2011

This bill was introduced on June 23, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Jun 23, 2011 (Introduced).

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112th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 1275

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

June 23, 2011

(for himself, Mr. Kohl, and Mr. Bingaman) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance

A BILL

To require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to remove social security account numbers from Medicare identification cards and communications provided to Medicare beneficiaries in order to protect Medicare beneficiaries from identity theft.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Social Security Number Protection Act of 2011.

2.

Requiring the Secretary of Health and Human Services to prohibit the display of social security account numbers on Medicare identification cards and communications provided to Medicare beneficiaries

(a)

In general

Not later than 3 years after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall establish and begin to implement procedures to eliminate the unnecessary collection, use, and display of social security account numbers of Medicare beneficiaries.

(b)

Medicare cards and communications provided to beneficiaries

(1)

Cards

(A)

New cards

Not later than 3 years after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall ensure that each newly issued Medicare identification card meets the requirements described in subparagraph (C).

(B)

Replacement of existing cards

Not later than 5 years after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall ensure that all Medicare beneficiaries have been issued a Medicare identification card that meets the requirements of subparagraph (C).

(C)

Requirements

The requirements described in this subparagraph are, with respect to a Medicare identification card, that the card does not display or electronically store (in an unencrypted format) a Medicare beneficiary’s social security account number.

(2)

Communications provided to beneficiaries

Not later than 3 years after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall prohibit the display of a Medicare beneficiary’s social security account number on written or electronic communication provided to the beneficiary unless the Secretary determines that inclusion of social security account numbers on such communications is essential for the operation of the Medicare program.

(c)

Medicare beneficiary defined

In this section, the term Medicare beneficiary means an individual who is entitled to, or enrolled for, benefits under part A of title XVIII of the Social Security Act or enrolled under part B of such title.

(d)

Conforming reference in the Social Security Act

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:

(xii)

For provisions relating to requiring the Secretary of Health and Human Services to prohibit the display of social security account numbers on Medicare identification cards and communications provided to Medicare beneficiaries, see section 2 of the Social Security Number Protection Act of 2011.

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(e)

Authorization of appropriations

There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary to carry out this section.