Olson Acts to Prevent Fraud in our Healthcare System
Washington, DC – Today Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) acted to prevent fraud and protect taxpayers by voting for H.R. 2581, the Verify First Act. This bill will prevent fraud and abuse by requiring verification of eligibility prior to distribution of Advanced Premium Tax Credits for the purchase of healthcare coverage. The current system allows payment of tax credits without verification, which a 2016 Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs report determined resulted in $750 million in fraudulent payments to more than 500,000 people who were ineligible for those benefits. The bill passed the House by a vote of 238 to 184.
“As we continue to seek the proper balance in achieving affordable, access to quality healthcare, fraud and abuse threaten the viability of this goal,” Rep. Pete Olson said. “With limited resources available, we must ensure every tax dollar spent on healthcare is directed to those who are eligible and truly need it.”
H.R. 2581, the Verify First Act would require the Social Security Administration, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Health and Human Services to verify first that an individual is a citizen, national, or legal immigrant before providing that individual with the advanced health insurance premium tax credit.
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