Lawmakers praise passage of Medicare ID-theft bill

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"We can’t afford to put seniors at risk any longer, and I hope the Senate will act immediately to pass this legislation."

Doggett, a member of the Social Security subcommittee, said that "a little prevention can save a lot of heartache" for Medicare beneficiaries.

"Millions of Americans carry in their wallet or purse something that makes them needlessly more vulnerable to identity theft — it’s their Medicare card," he said.

"Seniors have spent a lifetime building their financial security.  Their savings and credit should not be put at risk if someone steals their Medicare card."

Johnson and Rep. Wally Herger (R-Calif.), who leads the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health, have long argued that HHS should overhaul the Medicare ID card.