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AARP Applauds Congress, Administration for Fighting Medicare Fraud

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 22, 2010

Contact: AARP Media Relations, media@aarp.org, 202-434-2560

 

AARP Applauds Congress, Administration for Fighting Medicare Fraud

Association praises new anti-fraud regulations, endorses legislation to crack down on criminals

 

WASHINGTON—AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond released a statement in advance of today’s House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing on cutting Medicare fraud.  Yesterday, AARP also announced its endorsement of bipartisan legislation to help crack down on fraud in the program.  LeaMond’s statement follows:

“We hear from our members across the country about the health care fraud they see first-hand—from items on their bills that they never received to procedures never performed and supplies never needed.  We applaud Congress and the Administration for taking action to cut Medicare fraud as they consider new legislation and implement anti-fraud provisions from the health care law.

“This week, the Administration announced strong new penalties on criminals who try to rip off taxpayers, patients and Medicare.  And today, Members of Congress are examining new ways to stop fraud throughout Medicare and Medicaid.

“We strongly urge lawmakers to support the bipartisan Strengthening Medicare Anti-Fraud Measures Act (H.R. 6130).  The bill, introduced by Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) and Rep. Wally Herger (R-CA) and endorsed by AARP, would give Medicare the authority to ban corporate executives from doing business with Medicare if their companies are convicted of fraud.

“It builds on the strong anti-fraud provisions of the health care law and other proposed legislation that would strengthen penalties for Medicare fraud and improve the program’s ability to spot fraud before paying claims.

“We look forward to working with Reps. Stark and Herger, their colleagues on both sides of the aisle and the Administration to stop the billions of dollars in health care fraud Americans pay for each year.”

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