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2018 Social Security and Medicare Trustees’ Report Issued; Warn of Depletion of Trust Funds

Medicare, Medicare Set-Aside Blog, MSP News, Social Security on June 7, 2018
Posted by Jean S. Goldstein, JD

Each year, the board of trustees of the Social Security Trust Fund and Medicare Trust Fund release reports to Congress providing an estimated projected financial outlook for the programs. This week both reports were released.  The 77th annual Social Security Report can be found here, and the 53rd annual Medicare report can be found here.  […] Continue

MSP Stakeholders Exempt from CMS Beneficiary Identifier Changes: Everything You Need to Know About New MBIs

CMS, Medicare Set-Aside Blog, Medicare Set-Asides, Social Security on February 26, 2018
Posted by Katharine Rupp, JD

Earlier this month, CMS held an open-door forum regarding the impending initiative to remove Social Security numbers (SSN) from all Medicare cards. As we previously reported, this plan aims to generate a new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) for over 150 million Medicare beneficiaries; both active and deceased beneficiaries. The MBI will replace all SSN based […] Continue

New Medicare Cards to Feature New Identifiers

CMS, Medicare Set-Aside Blog, MSP News, Social Security on May 31, 2017
Posted by Jean S. Goldstein, JD

As reported several months ago, CMS has begun preparation of a new fraud prevention initiative that removes Social Security numbers (SSN) from all Medicare cards.  This initiative is the result of the passage of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, which mandated the removal of the SSN-based HICN from Medicare cards.  Known […] Continue

Possible furloughs for the Social Security Administration in the future?

Medicare Set-Aside Blog, Social Security on August 12, 2016
Posted by Jean S. Goldstein, JD

There’s been talk and chatter about the possibility of Social Security Offices and staff being furloughed in the near future.  Nearly three years ago, in 2013, we experienced the government shut down, and extreme delays in the processing of everything from CMS’ review of Medicare Set Asides to Social Security Verifications.  Should furloughs occur in […] Continue