Posted By LambChop
From Judicial Watch:
Oops. According to the HHS Inspector General Report, looks the CMS (part of the Department of Health and Human Services -HHS) squandered $29 million of taxpayer dollars to cover Medicare Part D prescription drugs for 4,139 “unlawfully present” individuals who didn’t actually qualify for the coverage. In libspeak, “unlawfully present” means “illegal alien.”
There is a pesky law that went into effect 17 YEARS AGO that prohibits illegal aliens from receiving Medicare and Medicaid but a few problems seem to keep slipping through the cracks. Like the $91.6 million CMS paid to health care providers to cover 2,600 ineligible illegal aliens earlier this year. That’s $35,231 per illegal alien for you math majors.
Apparently after 17 years, CMS still has no way to ferret out “improper payments,” and uses info from the Social Security Administration to verify eligibility.
“CMS did not have a policy addressing payments for unlawfully present beneficiaries under Medicare Part D that was equivalent to the existing policy that covers payments for these beneficiaries under Parts A and B.” That means the agency doesn’t have “internal controls to identify and disenroll unlawfully present beneficiaries.”