WASHINGTON, D.C. (WSAU) -- Like it or hate it, the Affordable Care Act is cutting down on fraudulent Medicare claims and saving taxpayers big money. That’s according to 3rd District Congressman Ron Kind.
Kind says when Obamacare was signed into law in 2010, there were tools built in to help fight fraud. “There’s been some attempts to crack down on fraudulent billing and fraudulent claims being submitted, but we’ve beefed up under the Affordable Care Act the tools and the regional enforcement agencies that can finally go out and crack down on that.”
Kind says federal investigators are now showing up on the doorsteps of unscrupulous operators and often catching fraudulent claims before a check can be issued.
Kind says the Republicans want to kill the Affordable Care Act, but doing so would remove these tools mechanisms that are working so well to cut down on fraud and waste.
The La Crosse Democrat says so far, the savings have been big. “They’ve been able to recover over 4.3-billion dollars in Medicare fraud, which brings the grand total for the last few years close to 20-billion dollars, and it was long overdue.”
Kind says the Affordable Care Act is not a perfect law, but says Congress should fix what’s broken and not scrap everything including the provisions that are working.