Policy Overview

Secure ID Coalition members work with federal and state policy makers to promote the understanding of secure identification solutions and systems. Providing information and a policy framework allows policy makers to provide answers about concerns related to ID credentials and offer solutions that enhance security and privacy protection. Technology can be used effectively to address the privacy concerns voiced by citizens today.

Policy Areas


With the federal debt at $14 trillion and climbing, Congress needs to do everything in its power to save money for one of our most important programs, Medicare. The US Department of Justice reports that the Medicare program suffers more than $60 billion in fraud every year through practices like phantom billing and durable medical equipment fraud. We can cut over half of that – upwards of $30 billion – by simply modernizing the Medicare card.

Health IT
As outlined in the ARRA, every American will have an Electronic Medical Record by 2014. Incorporating technology into the health care system will improve physician efficiency, allow patients to better manage diseases, and enable fundamental system cost reductions. However with this transition comes a greater risk of digitized medical records being stolen, manipulated or hacked potentially leading to medical identity theft or misdiagnosis and personal harm. Smart Cards enable individuals to protect their own electronic medical record and personal information and balance privacy protections with the portability and ease of access for authorized medical personnel.

In the world of instant communication and virtual communities, cybersecurity plays a vital role in keeping our networks and economic infrastructure safe. Cyber networks are strengthened by digital security solutions, the most fundamental of which is identity management. Identity management ensures those accessing the network are authorized and have been authenticated.

Immigration Reform
Immigration reform is a critical issue for the country and the economy. The identification and authentication of workers, using digital security solutions such biometrics and smart cards, will enable lasting meaningful reform as we will be able to definitively know an individual is who they claim to be and eligible to work. Thus removing incentives for illegal immigration, while not punishing legal, hardworking immigrants and American.

Financial Payments
In the United States, purchasing items with debit or credit cards drive up the cost of goods. When paying with ‘plastic,’ the issuing bank or card company charges a significant interchange fee to the merchant, who in turn passes it along to the consumer. The majority of the world has avoided this condition, by implementing more secure card payment systems, resulting in lower levels of fraud and lower interchange fees. This situation hurts Americans domestically, in the form of higher prices of goods for consumers and lower profits for merchants. Internationally the United States is harmed when US- issued, magnetic strip credit and debit cards are not accepted due to the their antiquated technology; additionally, as the rest of the world transitions to more secure payment methods, more fraud shifts to the United States.

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Secure ID News to Know

  • Making Medicare Smart

    Today the House of Representatives took a significant step forward to protect seniors and ensure the solvency of the Medicare program by unanimously passing the bipartisan Fighting Fraud to Protect Senior Care Act – HR.6690. The bill calls for a pilot program to test modernizing the Medicare card by incorporating smart card technology to prevent waste, fraud and abuse.

    This landmark program will enable front-end authentication of Medicare beneficiaries and providers at point of care and support back-end data analytics to ensure transactions are legitimate. The Government Accountability Office estimates that such a program can positively impact over 22% of all Medicare improper payment and fraud cases. With Medicare waste, fraud, and abuse costing US taxpayers an approximated $60 billion every year, the Fighting Fraud to Protect Senior Care Act will help prevent over $13.2 billion from being lost on a yearly basis.

    We thank Congressman Peter Roskam and Congressman Earl Blumenauer for their heroic effort to protect Medicare for all Americans: beneficiaries, providers, and taxpayers alike.

  • The Five Things IoT Manufacturers Can Do To Future-Proof the Industry

    If there’s one thing that we’ve learned over the past few days since the Internet of Things (IoT) distributed-denial-of-service attack (DDoS) attack gave the Internet brain freeze last Friday is that (1) IoT devices are insecure, (2) we have a really good idea what needs to be done to make them more secure, yet (3) it’s hard to get everyone on the same page in dedicating the resources to actually make them more secure.

    While that might seem like a stark truth, it only makes sense given how our economy and legal system works. Since no one company or device was responsible for allowing the attack, there’s no specific organization to shame or blame. Plus, it’s way too easy to point fingers at everyone else in the room and say there was nothing that could’ve been done, as everyone is responsible. Further, security costs money, and at the moment, companies want to pour their resources into grabbing IoT market share, not plugging holes that may or may not cause problems downstream. Unfortunately, this kind of thinking invites regulators and legislators to step in and attempt to dictate technology standards and best practices to address harms, both real and imagined.

  • Patient Identity: Getting Back to Basics for National Health IT Week

    Monday kicked off National Health IT week! While the United States has made progress in moving towards a more modern healthcare system, significant work remains. There’s no disputing that our medical device and health technology companies are the most advanced on the planet, developing the solutions that are diagnosing diseases earlier, expanding treatment options, and improving quality of life. However, when it comes to healthcare and identity—making sure that the correct data is associated with the right patient, and ensuring that that information is able to be shared, analyzed, and acted upon in a timely fashion—the United States lags woefully behind many other developed nations.