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Medicare To Remove SSN From Beneficiary ID Cards

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Per April 20 New York Times article, Medicare will begin to integrate a 8-year plan to replace current Medicare ID cards with new cards.  The current Medicare ID card contains the beneficiary's (or spouse's) social security number and uses that number as the ID number for services.  

The new ID cards will remove the SSN and replace with a new ID code.


Medicare officials have up to four years to start issuing cards with new identifiers. They have four more years to reissue cards held by current beneficiaries. They intend to replace the Social Security number with “a randomly generated Medicare beneficiary identifier,” but the details are still being worked out.
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Blue Shield CA To Issue One-Time Refund on Grandfathered IFP Plans in California

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Received notice from Blue Shield that they will be issuing a one-time premium refund to approximately 31,500 grandfathered individual & family plan members.  This is a result of 2015 rate review by the CA Dept of Insurance.


Refund will be applied to the May billing and represents a one-time 26.6% credit to those members May 2015 bill.  The amount due back will appear as a credit in the summary section on their May bill which will arrive around mid-April. There is no action required for these members to receive the credit.

Letters to the affected members will be sent out prior to the arrival of the May bill.

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