U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady, a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee, reacted to a nationwide takedown by Medicare Fraud Strike Force operations in seven cities, including Houston and Dallas, that resulted in charges against 91 people, including doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals, for their allegedly participating in Medicare fraud schemes involving approximately $429.2 million in false billing.
"Today's actions show that Medicare fraud is a serious problem," says Brady. "In Texas alone, these indictments say these alleged defrauders, including doctors and nurses, submitted $258.3 million in fraudulent claims to Medicare. I am appalled by the actions of these health care providers and administrators. They, of all people, should know how important Medicare is to elderly, disabled and impoverished Americans."
"Unfortunately, Harris County District Attorney Pat Lykos, Congressman Gene Green and I brought instances of Medicare fraud in Houston to the Obama Administration's attention three years ago and nothing happened," Brady added. "While I am pleased that the Administration is finally cracking down on Medicare fraud, today's action is long overdue. Congress has, and will continue, to spur federal agencies to protect scarce Medicare dollars from fraud."