With fraud and improper billing in Medicare and Medicaid costing New York taxpayers billions and county taxpayers millions, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has announced her participation in getting new legislation passed to protect taxpayers, reduce wasteful spending, and preserve Medicare and Medicaid services for seniors and other New Yorkers.
Gillibrand cites FBI staff calculations that indicate the loss to the federal government is $80 billion a year, $5 billion in New York State, and $28,243,555 in St. Lawrence County.
Fraudulent activities range from criminals using stolen Medicare numbers or lying about eligibility, to providers billing for services never provided or dispensing generic drugs billed at name-brand prices.
The proposed Medicare and Medicaid Fraud Enforcement and Prevention Act would toughen penalties for abusers attempting to cheat the Medicare and Medicaid systems, establish new screening procedures to prevent fraud, and save taxpayers money, Gillibrand said.
Sen. Gillibrand said, “With simple, common sense changes, we can provide authorities with tools to crack down on fraudulent providers, issue tough penalties for anyone trying to scam the system, and establish better preventive measures to ensure the legitimacy and quality of all Medicare providers. This will lead to lead to better health services for our citizens and significant savings for taxpayers.”