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New Medicare cards, designed to be more secure, on their way to Maryland residents

New Medicare cards, designed to be more secure, on their way to Maryland residents

Medicare recipients in Maryland should be receiving new Medicare cards designed to increase security and help prevent fraud, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said.

The new cards no longer contain social security numbers. Instead, they include randomly assigned Medicare numbers. The changes are designed to protect Medicare patients from fraud and make it harder for criminals to bill for services and benefits that were never performed.

Maryland has about 997,784 Medicare beneficiaries, including those on original Medicare and those enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Plan, CMS said.

The center began mailing updated cards to new recipients in April in a...

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