Some Wisconsin Residents Will Still Have SSN as Identifiers

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Even after the state moves away from using Social Security numbers as identifiers for Medicaid recipients, those who also receive Medicare won't get new random identification numbers.

About 90,000 people will still be identified by their Social Security numbers even after the switch in October. About 900,000 will get a new random ID number.

State health officials say the numbers have to still be used to confer with the federal agency that runs Medicare.

Gov. Jim Doyle has told state agencies to stop using Social Security numbers whenever possible. The state Department of Administration has yet to compile a list of agencies still using the numbers.

Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to
Please provide detailed information.
All comments must adhere to the discussion rules.

powered by Disqus
WSAW-TV 1114 Grand Ave. Wausau, WI 54403
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 17974994 -
Gray Television, Inc.