US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Proposes Bill to Secure SS Numbers

July 18, 2011

Washington- US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has proposed on Monday a bill that will remove Social Security numbers from Medicare cards.

According to reports, Gillibrand pushed the Social Security Number Protection Act to stop the rising number of identity theft cases in United States. If the bill passed, it would require removal of social security numbers on Medicare cards as well as other health documents.

The bill aims to provide protection among Social Security beneficiaries against identity theft that may cause disruption in their benefits or other government programs, reports said.

Reports said Gillibrand commented that the bill will require the Department of Health and Human Services to limit the request of Social Security number among members. It will also prohibit its printing on health cards and letters to beneficiaries.

Identity theft cost an average Social Security member $631 in 2010 plus chain problem on tax and employment transactions. Authorities have tracked nine million victims of identity theft each year, according to reports.

As of June 2011, thirty-three states already ban the disclosure of Social Security numbers on identification cards and government documents.

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