WASHINGTON — Social Security officials, concerned about the risk of identity theft, are calling for immediate action to remove Social Security numbers from the Medicare cards used by millions of Americans.
But Medicare officials have resisted the proposal, saying it would be costly and impractical.
In a new report, the inspector general of Social Security, Patrick P. O’Carroll Jr., says “immediate action is needed.”
“Displaying such information on Medicare cards unnecessarily places millions
Assurant Health is lowering rates up to 15% on their Short Term Medical plans with effective dates of July 1, 2008 or later. The rate reduction will be especially beneficial for recent college graduates. Most plans specify that individuals are no longer eligible dependents under their parent’s plan after graduation and have to pay expensive COBRA premiums to continue coverage.
A short term insurance plan may offer more cost-effective temporary health
Effective July 1, 2008, for small group (2-150) new business and thereafter for renewing accounts, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois will introduce 17 new $3,500 deductible benefit plans to the Standard Products portfolio. The plans will be available with the following products:
• BlueChoice Select ® – 2 new plans
• BlueAdvantageSM Entrepreneur PPO (BAE) – 4 new plans
• BluePrint PPO – 10 new plans
• PPO Value Choice – 1