Neugebauer Praises Passage of Bill to Prevent Fraud in Healthcare

Sep 12, 2013 Issues: Health Care

WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Randy Neugebauer (R-TX) praised the passage of H.R. 2775, the No Subsidies Without Verification Act.  The bill passed by a vote of 235 to 191 today.

In July, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that the government would no longer verify that each applicant for the exchange subsidies is actually qualified for assistance. Instead, the administration would rely on the honor system and sample audits to “protect” the integrity of this new $1 trillion entitlement program.

“If the government doesn’t verify who qualifies for subsidies, taxpayers could end up handing out $250 billion in fraudulent payments,” Neugebauer explained.  “This bill simply says that no payments can be made until the government has a functional system in place to verify eligibility.”

“The potential for fraudulent subsidies joins a growing list of problems with the President’s health care law, including higher costs for consumers, security concerns with patients’ data, and job cuts by employers,” Neugebauer said.  “I’ll do everything in my power to defund and repeal this law entirely.”