Today, Congressman Scott Murphy (NY-20) hosted a town hall with seniors and other constituents to discuss his efforts to protect against identity fraud and the work being done to eliminate the waste, fraud and abuse prevalent in Medicare. Murphy and Peter Budetti, Deputy Administrator for Program Integrity at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Studies (CMS), discussed efforts to eliminate Medicare fraud, waste and abuse, and ensure its long-term stability for current enrollees and future generations.
"Medicare fraud costs us upwards of $60 billion per year," said Rep. Murphy. "This remains one of the biggest obstacles to ensuring the long-term stability of Medicare. Instead of using this money to help keep seniors healthy, it is going to line the pockets of criminals. I have made it a priority to take steps to stop this massive waste of money which is hurting our seniors and all American taxpayers. I will continue to fight for seniors to keep Medicare strong."
Medicare fraud is one of the most significant issues facing the long-term future and stability of the program, costing taxpayers more than $60 billion per year. Not only are Medicare waste, fraud and abuse taking critical resources out of our health care system, but they contribute to the rising cost of health care for all Americans. Eliminating fraud will cut costs for families, businesses and the federal budget, while increasing the quality of services for those who need care.
Murphy was joined at the town hall by Deputy Administrator Peter Budetti, a leading expert in eliminating waste, fraud and abuse in Medicare, and the point person for this issue within Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS is the federal agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that administers the Medicare program and works in partnership with state governments to administer Medicaid, and the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).
Congressman Murphy has led on this issue, quickly becoming an expert on eliminating Medicare fraud in the House of Representatives. 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.