Changes to Medicare law now require reporting of Social Security numbers for some members of group health plans.
Changes to Required Social Security Number Reporting for Group Health Plans
Changes to Medicare law require Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts to report Social Security numbers on a quarterly basis for all members of group health plans age 45 and older, even those not eligible for Medicare. Although we have always collected Social Security numbers voluntarily and have them on record for many members, to comply with federal law it's essential that we have comprehensive records for this age group.
We will be sending a letter to all employers on May 24, 2010 for help in collecting the missing Social Security numbers. Beginning July 26, 2010, we will send letters directly to members from whom we still have not received the required information. In these letters, members will be asked to reply within a certain timeframe.
The law—Section 111 of the Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007—began requiring this information in 2009.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts has always placed a high value on privacy, and as always this information will be handled securely and with the utmost care.