Bilirakis Bi-Partisan Initiative to Help Preserve Medicare Becomes Law
Washington, DC: This morning Congressman Bilirakis’s Medicare Civil and Criminal Penalties Update Act, was signed into law as part of the bi-partisan budget bill. This legislation cracks down on fraud and abuse in the Medicare program by increasing civil and criminal fines, some of which haven't been updated in over 20 years. Recently, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General announced the largest health care fraud takedown in history. Over 400 defendants were charged nationwide, including more than 80 cases in Florida, for alleged participation in Medicare fraud totaling approximately $1.3 billion in fraud losses.
"Medicare is absolutely critical for seniors in the Tampa Bay area and across the country. Not only are these crimes an affront to hardworking taxpayers, they hurt the millions of seniors who rely on the programs and jeopardize the long-term sustainability of the program. I’m glad my fellow Tampa Bay representative, Congresswoman Kathy Castor, joined me to ensure Medicare is strong for today’s and tomorrow’s beneficiaries. I urge my Senate colleagues to pass this bill and send it to the President to become law,” said Bilirakis.