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July 14, 2014 The Star Page 5 Thomson at Governor&apos;s Schools Carly Thompson, right, of Rolette with Mohamed Baghzali, the coordinator of mathematics at North Dakota Governor's Schools (NDGS). Thompson was selected for the 25th class of NDGS and has participated in an intensive six-week course of academic study on the campus of North Dakota State Uni- versity. She also attends ethics lectures, fine arts study and cultural field trips. A focus on service learning and leadership infuses the entire experience. NDGS is supported be the North Dakota State Legislature. Trusted traveler program now has a million members The Department of Homeland Se- curity and U.S. Customs and Border Protection announce that the NEXUS program has enrolled its one-millionth member. The program allows pre-screened, low-risk travel- ers to proceed with little or no delay into the United States and Canada. The increased membership of the NEXUS program further encourages cross-border travel, suppoi'ting both American and Canadian economies. "CBP is proud of the success of trusted traveler programs like NEXUS," said Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske. "Trusted Traveler pro- grams, such as NEXUS, SENTRI, and Global Entry, allow our officers to concentrate their efforts on poten- tially higher-risk travelers and goods while speeding up legitimate travel and trade." "Reaching, and going beyond, the one millionth member milestone is a significant achievement for the NEXUS program. Through in- creased membership and by contin- ually facilitating the flow of legitimate travel across the shared Canada-U.S. border, our Govern- ment can concentrate our efforts on continued economic growth and job creation," said Steven Blaney, Min- ister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. NEXUS was launched in 2000 as a joint effort between CBP and the Canada Border Services Agency. NEXUS members enjoy the benefits of Global Entry at no additional cost by using the automated kiosks for entry at participating airports. In order to qualify, an applicant can submit an application using the CBP online application system, Global Online Enrollment Systems (GOES), or to one of the Canadian Processing Centers (CPC). For more information, visit cbp.gov/nexus. U.S. Customs and Border Protec- tion is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the manage- ment, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between offi- cial ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while en- forcing hundreds of U.S. laws. Skyleigh Rose Michael and Thyra Smith of Bel- court announce the birth of a daugh- ter, Skyleigh Rose, born on June 30, 2014, at Quentin Burdick Memorial Health Care Facility in Belcourt. Skyleigh weighed 7 pounds, 6.2 ounces. She joins siblings, Clifton, 16, Carl, 6, Daysie, 5, and shawnee, 3. Her grandparents are Stanley and Laurie Smith, Sharon Nadeau, and Edward "Ochie" Azure, all of Bel- court, and Brenda Lattergrass of Bismarck. Suzie Lea Julia Rodewald of Rolla and Conrad Houle Jr. of Belcourt an- nounce the birth of a daughter, Suzie Lea, born on July 3, 2014, at Quentin Burdick Memorial Health Care Facility in Belcourt. Suzie weighed 5 pounds, 15 ounces. She joins Conrad III, 3, and Conner, 1. Her grandparents are Susan Rodewald of Rolla and Conrad and Leslie Ann Houle of Belcourt. Protect your Medicare card from identify theft Dear Savvy Senior, I just turned 65 and received my Medicare card. I see that the ID num- ber on my card is the same as my So- cial Security number, and on the back of the card it tells me I need to carry it with me at all times. What can I do to protect myself from iden- tify theft if my purse and Medicare card get stolen? Conflicted Beneficiary Dear Conflicted, Many people new to Medicare are surprised to learn that the ID number on their Medicare card is identical to their Social Security number (SSN). After all, we're constantly warned not to carry our SSN around with us, because if it gets lost or stolen, the result could be identity theft. But the Medicare ID is more than an identifier. It's proof of insurance. Beneficiaries need to show their Medicare card at the doctor's office and the hospital in order to have Medicare pay for treatment. Over the years, many consumer advocates, have called for a new form of Medicare identification. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which administers Medicare, also acknowledges the problem, but so far nothing has been done. One of the main reasons is be- cause it would cost an estimated $255 to $317 million to fix it. And that's just the direct cost to the fed- By Jim Miller eral government. It doesn't include the expense for physicians and other healthcare providers to adjust their systems, or the cost to the states. Other government health systems like the Department of Veterans Af- fairs and Department of Defense have already begun using ID num- bers that are different from SSNs, but no one knows when Medicare will follow suit. In the meantime, here are some tips offered by various consumer ad- vocate groups that can help keep your Medicare card safe and out of the hands of fraudsters. Protect Your Card For starters, AARP suggests that you simply don't carry your Medicare card at all, because it's not necessary. Most healthcare providers already have their patients in their electronic systems and know how to bill you. But if you really don't feel com- fortable not having it with you, then the Privacy Rights Clearing House, a national consumer resource on iden- tity theft recommends that you make a photocopy of your card and cut it down to wallet size. Then use scis- sors to cut out the last four digits of your SSN, or take a black marker and cross them out, and carry that in- stead. You will, however, need your ac- tual Medicare card with you the first time you visit a new health care provider, who will likely want to make a photocopy of it for their files. If you're worried that you'll need your card in an emergency situation in order to get care, you should know that emergency personnel cannot re- fuse you care until you show an in- surance card. Although you'll need to come up with billing information before leaving a hospital, that doesn't mean you won't receive care. Lost or Stolen Cards If your Medicare card does hap- pen to get lost or stolen, you can re- place it by calling Social Security at 800-772-1213. You can also apply for a new card online at ssa.gov/medicarecard or go to your local Social Security office. If your Medicare card has been lost or stolen, you will need to watch out for Medicare fraud. You can do this by checking your quarterly Medicare summary notices for serv- ices or supplies you did not receive. If you spot anything suspicious or wrong, call the Inspector General's fraud hotline at 800-447-8477. If you need help identifying Medicare fraud, contact your state Senior Medicare Patrol program. See smpresource.org or call 877-808- 2468 for contact information. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Nor- man, OK 73070, or visit SavvySe- nior.org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of "The Savvy Senior" book. Rolette Community Care Center Josephine Poitra, Ronnie Phillipp, Gary Mattson, Rita LaFloe, Velma Millang, Vivian Poitra, Robert Lafloe, Bradley "Scott" Herman, Emma Gunville, Rita McCormack and Albert Lagasse. Above list includes those resi- dents who allow their names to be published. List compiled as of March 27. Several area students on UND Dean's List The University of North Dakota released its 2014 Spring Semester Deans List honorees. The list comprises students whose grade point averages are in the top 15 percent of the enrollment in each of the University's degree-granting col- leges and schools. A student must have completed no fewer than 12 se- mester hours of academic work for the semester, of which eight or more hours must be graded work rather than "satisfactory/unsatisfactory." Here are the area UND Students who made the list. Alex Jacobsen, Rock Lake; Kaylee Scott, Rolette; Michael McAtee, Rachael Mickelson, Sarah Munro and Ethan Thomas, Rolla; Calvin Henry, Westhope and Austin Cote, Devon Grenier, Kelsie Grenier, Carleigh Lider, Miles Uhrich of Bot- tineau; Luke Weston of Sarles; and Seth DeMontigny of Dunseith. 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