AARP Supports Legislation to Crack Down on Fraud, Waste and Abuse in Medicare and Medicaid
AARP supports the newly proposed Preventing and Reducing Improper Medicare Expenditures (PRIME) Act, legislation that seeks to curb fraud, waste and abuse in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
This bipartisan legislation seeks to curb waste and fraud from both the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Waste, fraud, and abuse increase the cost of health care for both the beneficiary and the system at large.
AARP is committed to improving the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of our nation’s health care system, and is interested in combating fraudulent and wasteful practices.
For years AARP has been working to fight health care fraud, including efforts to educate our members about what they need to know in order to protect themselves and report fraudulent activity when it occurs. Therefore, we are especially pleased that this legislation would improve upon the Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP), which helps educate beneficiaries to detect and report waste, fraud, and abuse in the Medicare program.
Beyond the SMP, the bill addresses many of the deficiencies regularly documented in Medicare and Medicaid program integrity efforts. Medicare’s contractor systems, for instance, are improved in order to prevent errors. Medicaid will benefit from greater data sharing between the Federal government and State programs. Moreover, beneficiaries of both programs will be protected by strengthening penalties for identity theft.
Delaware’s legislators are taking the lead on efforts to eliminate fraud in the health care system. The PRIME Act is a strong first step toward reducing waste, fraud, and abuse in our public health programs. AARP will work with legislators to enact this bill, and other program integrity measures in the future.