TODAY   |  September 13, 2013

Medical identity theft targets nearly 2 million Americans

A new survey shows that medical identity theft is on the rise, up 20 percent this year. To avoid health care fraud, experts advise immediately reporting lost or stolen insurance cards and shredding related paperwork.

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>>> on the rise. medical identity theft is up 20% in a year and has targeted almost 2 million americans. thieves sometimes can use your name and your insurance information to file claims. so the best advice for protecting yourself is always double check any explanation of benefits and get an annual summary of all of the insurance claims paid in your name. report lost or stolen insurance cards immediately and shred insurance related paperwork.