By Elise Viebeck - 12/21/12 07:04 PM EST
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.