Today, Congressman Scott Murphy (NY-20) reaffirmed his commitment to ensuring Medicare's long-term security by working to close the Medicare Part D donut hole and eliminate the waste, fraud and abuse prevalent in the system. On the 42nd anniversary of the start of Medicare, Congressman Murphy released the following statement:
"We need to ensure that Medicare is there in the future, not just for this generation, but for future generations, as well. Medicare forever changed the way that older Americans received good, quality health care. Prior to Medicare, seniors often had to choose between whether to put food on the plate, or paying for their health care. I have worked tirelessly to ensure that seniors do not have to worry about whether they will have adequate health care. That's why I have worked provide $250 checks to seniors hitting the "donut hole' and eliminate waste, fraud and abuse in Medicare.
"There is a rampant problem with waste, fraud and abuse in our Medicare system. And while the health insurance reform bill we passed earlier is making steps to bring this into check, there is more that we have to do. I have sponsored legislation to enhance screening for fraud, revise the prompt payment provisions and stop paying crooks when there is already evidence of fraud. These commonsense reforms will help make Medicare more secure in the long-term."
Congressman Murphy testified before a joint hearing of the House Ways and Means Health and Oversight Subcommittees on his efforts to eliminate waste, fraud and abuse from Medicare on June 15th. Since coming to Congress, Murphy has led on this issue, quickly becoming one of the experts on eliminating Medicare fraud in the House of Representatives. To see video of his testimony, please click here.
Murphy introduced H.R. 4390, The Medicare/Medicaid Fraud Prevention and Control Act, which will extend probationary periods for enhanced screening, and will revise the "prompt payment provisions" to ensure that payments are stopped immediately when there is evidence of fraud. Additionally, H.R. 4390 will require more participation from doctors in order to verify all Medicare claims.