Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Needs to Pursue a Solution for Removing Social Security Numbers from Cards

September 10, 2013

The Honorable Sam Johnson
Chairman
Subcommittee on Social Security
Committee on Ways and Means
House of Representatives
The Honorable Kevin Brady
Chairman
Subcommittee on Health
Committee on Ways and Means
House of Representatives

As one of the federal government’s largest programs, Medicare provides
health insurance to the nation’s elderly, certain disabled individuals, and
individuals with end-stage renal disease. The program, which served
approximately 50 million beneficiaries in 2012, consists of four parts: A, B,
C, and D. Parts A and B are referred to as fee-for-service programs, and
respectively, provide health insurance coverage for (1) hospital and
inpatient stays, hospice, and home health services; and (2) hospital
outpatient, physician, and other services such as home health care, and
durable medical equipment such as wheelchairs and walkers.1 Read More