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President Obama – Official PortraitPresident Obama
March 10, 2010

Remarks on the launch of the national Recovery Audit Contractor Program:

It’s estimated that improper payments cost taxpayers almost $100 billion last year alone. Think about that. That, by the way, just that abuse in improper payments is more than we spend on the Department of Education and the Small Business Administration combined. If we created a “Department of Improper Payments” it would be one of the largest agencies in our government. […]

[By] reining in waste and inefficiencies, we’re going to be able to help ensure Medicare’s solvency for an additional decade. This is just one example that speaks to how we’re going to stop wasting money through the health care system on things that don’t make people healthy — in fact, often take away from the care we receive, and take that money and make it work for the American people.  So Medicare will work better, provide better care because of these reforms.

AG Eric Holder – Official PortraitAttorney General Eric Holder
October 4, 2012
Speaking at a Healthcare Fraud Takedown Press Conference:

[Fraudulent] activities not only siphon precious taxpayer resources, drive up health care costs, and jeopardize the strength of the Medicare program – they also disproportionately victimize the most vulnerable members of society, including elderly, disabled, and impoverished Americans. […] In the fight against health care fraud, we will never be complacent.

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius – Official PortraitKathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services
February 14, 2012
Following the release of a report showing healthcare fraud prevention efforts resulted in record-breaking recoveries:

Fighting fraud is one of our top priorities and we have recovered an unprecedented number of taxpayer dollars. Our efforts strengthen the integrity of our health care programs, and meet the President’s call for a return to American values that ensure everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same rules.

Nancy Griswold, Chief Administrative Law Judge, Office of Medicare Hearings & Appeals
July 11, 2014
Following the release of a report showing healthcare fraud prevention efforts resulted in record-breaking recoveries:

The Recovery Audit Program, established by Congress, has been very successful, returning billions in improper payments to the Medicare Trust Fund. Only 7% (99,492) of the 1.419 million Recovery Auditors claims identified as overpayments were challenged and overturned on appeal as published in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) FY 2012 Report to Congress.

Shantanu Agrawal, Deputy Administrator and Director, Center for Program Integrity Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
February 11, 2015
Following the release of a report showing healthcare fraud prevention efforts resulted in record-breaking recoveries:

The Recovery Audit Program identifies areas for potential improper payments and offers an opportunity to provide feedback to providers on future improper payment prevention. CMS uses Recovery Auditors, as required by law, n12 to identify and correct improper payments by reviewing claims on a post payment basis. CMS responds to the vulnerabilities identified by the Recovery Auditors by implementing actions that will prevent future improper payments nationwide. Since full implementation in FY 2010 through the fourth quarter of FY 2013, the Recovery Auditors have returned over $5.4 billion to the Medicare Trust Fund.

Rep. Joe Pitts - Official PortraitRep. Joe Pitts (R-PA)
November 28, 2012 
Following a House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing on how reduce waste, fraud and abuse in government health programs:

Our nation’s seniors and future retirees are counting on Congress to manage Medicare wisely. Sadly, the program is losing more than $60 billion a year to waste, fraud and abuse. […] Recently there have been great strides made in catching con artists, but they often take in millions of dollars over a period of many years before they are prosecuted. We have to do a better job of stopping fraud before it happens.

Orrin HatchSen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)
January 31, 2013 Following the release of a Senate Finance Committee report on eliminating waste, fraud and abuse across the healthcare system:

The more waste, fraud and abuse in Medicare and Medicaid, the less faith the American people have that these two programs are able to work for them. We can learn a lot from the private sector about how to better root out fraud and abuse in our health care system.  Working together, we can and will find ways to make Medicare and Medicaid work more efficiently and effectively for the millions of Americans who rely on them.

Sen. Max Baucus - Official PortraitSen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Senate Finance Committee Chairman
January 31, 2013 
Following the release of a Senate Finance Committee report on eliminating waste, fraud and abuse across the healthcare system:

Medicare and Medicaid fraud is a serious problem, costing taxpayers tens of billions of dollars every year.  It must be stopped.

chuck grassleySen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)
January 31, 2013 Following the release of a Senate Finance Committee report on eliminating waste, fraud and abuse across the healthcare system:

Every dollar that goes to waste, fraud or abuse doesn’t help a Medicare or Medicaid beneficiary. […] We need all hands on deck to protect every dollar in these programs.

My Approved PortraitsSenator Tom Carper (D. Del.)
January 31, 2013 
Following the release of a Senate Finance Committee report on eliminating waste, fraud and abuse across the healthcare system:

Now more than ever, it’s critical that we ensure the proper use of taxpayer funds so that our federal programs, particularly our critical safety net programs like Medicare and Medicaid, are not losing money from waste, fraud and abuse. By bringing together health experts in the private and public sectors, we can share information and best practices to implement common-sense strategies and proven preventive measures to help curb waste, stop fraud, improve efficiency and save scarce taxpayer dollars within Medicare and Medicaid.

Rep. Frank PalloneRep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ)
February 27, 2013 
In a Senate Finance Committee hearing, “Fostering Innovation to Fight Waste, Fraud, and Abuse in Health Care”:

Fraud schemes come in all shapes and sizes and affect all kinds of insurance – public, and private alike. Whether it’s a sham storefront posing as a legitimate provider, or legitimate businesses billing for services that were never provided, it all has the same result, undermining the integrity of our public health system and driving up health care costs […] So for every dollar put into the pockets of criminals or program abusers a dollar is taken out of the system to provide much needed care to millions of people, including Medicare seniors[…] I think we must continue to innovate, the bad actors are always going to find loopholes and it’s our job to keep one step ahead of them.

Rep. Henry Waxman – Official PortraitRep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.)
November 28, 2012 
In a House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee meeting, “Examining Options to Combat Health Care Waste, Fraud, and Abuse”:

Health care fraud robs taxpayers of funds, affects the quality of care provided to program enrollees, and saps public confidence in the program. That’s why I see fighting fraud as a critical need – and an issue where we should be able to achieve bipartisan consensus.

Michael Burgess – Official PortraitRep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas)
November 28, 2012 
In a House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee meeting, “Examining Options to Combat Health Care Waste, Fraud, and Abuse”:

Fraud analysts are estimating up to 10 cents out of every dollar that’s spent in health care is lost yearly to fraud. That’s 10 cents out of every dollar we’re spending, and one-fifth of all healthcare expenditures in this country are spent on the Medicare system. So that is a big figure, a big dollar figure that demands our attention.

richard_hanna_official_portrait_112th_congressRep. Richard Hanna (R-NY) 
December 14, 2010 
In a statement regarding his support for seniors:

The prevention of Medicare fraud – which costs an estimated $60 billion a year – is important to controlling the growing costs of caring for our seniors.

david_loebsack_official_110th_congress_photo_portraitRep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA)
July, 24, 2009 Following his proposal of changes to Medicare and Medicaid payment protocols:

Fixing the broken Medicare system so that our patients receive the highest quality care is critical to reforming the way health care works in this country. By rewarding quality, we help ensure that patients are diagnosed correctly, are not forced to undergo unnecessary procedures, and have access to quality health care providers. It’s about time we rewarded care based on quality, not quantity.

My Approved PortraitsTom Carper (D–Del.)
June 10, 2013 
Remarks after the introduction of the PRIME Act, bipartisan legislation to combat and prevent waste, fraud and abuse in Medicare and Medicaid:

Medicare and Medicaid are two of our nation’s most critical safety-net programs that millions of our most vulnerable Americans – the poor, the elderly, and the disabled – depend on every day for life saving healthcare. We have a solemn responsibility to ensure that these programs have the resources they need to provide quality care and services, and part of that effort means cracking down on vulnerabilities in these programs that put taxpayer dollars at risk for waste, fraud, and abuse.

Retouched flagDr. Tom Coburn (R–Okla.)
June 10, 2013 Remarks after the introduction of the PRIME Act, bipartisan legislation to combat and prevent waste, fraud and abuse in Medicare and Medicaid:

Americans who rely on Medicare and Medicaid expect Congress to work together to reduce waste and fraud. Improper payments divert scarce resources away from those most in need.

roskam-headshot-med_1Peter Roskam (R–Ill.)
June 10, 2013 Remarks after the introduction of the PRIME Act, bipartisan legislation to combat and prevent waste, fraud and abuse in Medicare and Medicaid:

The problem of Medicare fraud is an urgent one – we cannot continue to allow these critical programs to be fleeced because of carelessness or criminals gaming the system.

john_c-_carney_jr-_official_portrait_112th_congressJohn C. Carney (D–Del.)
June 10, 2013 Remarks after the introduction of the PRIME Act, bipartisan legislation to combat and prevent waste, fraud and abuse in Medicare and Medicaid:

These days, finding areas where Democrats and Republicans can agree isn’t always easy. But cracking down on waste, fraud and abuse is something we can all get behind.