Congressman Higgins Hails Passage of Medicare Anti-Fraud Legislation
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced House of Representatives approval of H.R. 6130, the Strengthening Medicare Anti-Fraud Measures Act. This bill, of which Congressman Higgins was an original cosponsor, would strengthen the authority of the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to take action to prevent Medicare fraud.
“Medicare was created to provide piece of mind for seniors upon retirement,” said Congressman Higgins. “Legislation like this that will help to cut out waste, fraud, and abuse in the system is crucial to ensure that millions of seniors will continue to receive quality care.”
Under this legislation, OIG will have the authority to ban executives whose companies have been convicted of Medicare fraud from doing business with Medicare. Previously, these executives could not be penalized if they had left the fraudulent company prior to the time of conviction, allowing them to move from company to company with no recourse.
It would also give OIG the authority to target parent companies that set up easily-dissolvable shell companies to insulate themselves from the liability of fraudulent Medicare practices. Under this legislation, OIG would be able to exclude these parent companies from the Medicare program.
This bill was introduced as a direct result of a joint hearing held in June of this year by two Ways and Means Committee subcommittees – the Subcommittee on Health and the Subcommittee on Oversight, of which Congressman Higgins is a member.