Protecting your Social Security number

by lmallernee | August 20th, 2012

August 20, 2012

Your Social Security number (SSN) is tied to your identity and should be kept private, but it’s becoming more and more frequent to include it on forms and applications. But giving it out can sometimes be your choice, according to WGAL news.

Although there is a push to get this changed, Medicare cards have Social Security numbers on them, and you have to provide that number when applying for your Medicare benefits.

You also have to show your Social Security number when you file a tax return, apply for Social Security benefits, or register at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

When it comes to private businesses, any business dealing with finances, including credit cards, loans, mortgages, and insurance, is going to require your SSN so that it can run a credit check on you.

SSNs are frequently requested in the medical field. If a patient has two different health policies, the SSN would be needed to figure out what part of the claim may be paid by which policy. But if you only have one health policy, then giving out you SSN to medical professionals may be unnecessary.

Outside of these instances, you may want to ask someone who asks for your SSN why they want it and if they really need it.

If you or someone you know needs help with SSD claims, contact the disability lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin.

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