Medicare (Title XVIII of the Social Security Act (Act)) is the national health insurance program for people
65 and older, as well as certain disabled individuals under age 65. We may disclose
certain non-tax return information, including verification of Social Security Numbers
(SSN), to State or local Medicare providers to administer the Medicare program (including
section 1843 of the Act).
Disclosure is permissible under the health maintenance and income maintenance routine
use cited in a number of our systems of records, including, but not limited to the
60-0058—Master Files of SSN Holders and SSN Applications System;
60-0089—Claims Folders System;
60-0090—Master Beneficiary Record;
60-0103—Supplemental Security Income Record and Special Veterans Benefits System;
60-0320—Electronic Disability Claims File.
In certain circumstances, we may also disclose tax return information when it is relevant
and necessary to the purpose of the request. Disclosure of certain tax return information
covered under the Earnings Recording and Self-Employment Reporting System (60-0059)
system of records is permissible pursuant to Section 6103 of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC).
NOTE: Information may be disclosed without consent only to public providers of medical
services under Medicare. Disclosure to private providers requires the consent of the
subject individual. For information concerning the verification of SSNs, see GN 03325.002. For information on the disclosure of tax return information, see GN
03314.002 and GN 03320.015A.