House Democrats Launch Inquiry Into Medicare Stimulus Payouts

Two U.S. House of Representatives Democrats on Friday launched an inquiry into whether the Health and Human Services Department misdirected billions of dollars in coronavirus stimulus money to healthcare providers facing criminal or civil fraud investigations.

In a letter to Secretary Alexander Azar, Representatives Lloyd Doggett and Katie Porter accused the department of evading questions about how it decided to dole out $50 billion for its provider relief fund and demanded answers about how the funds will be clawed back from possible fraudsters.

Reuters reported exclusively this month that HHS had sent Medicare providers under criminal and civil investigations stimulus money, after it direct-deposited $30 billion into the bank accounts of any medical provider who billed Medicare for services in 2019.

Doggett and Porter cited Reuters’ reporting in their letter.

“Funds meant for frontliners went to hospitals previously closed, mega-corporations, and possible fraudsters,” Doggett said in a statement. “The Trump Administration should immediately provide a full accounting of how these millions landed, as they so often do with this Administration, in the pockets of corporate interests and those under investigation for fraud.”

An HHS spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the letter.

Reuters could not determine what portion of the recipients are facing such inquiries.

After sending the funds, HHS asked all the providers to sign a lengthy attestation that stipulates they have been or will be treating patients suffering from COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

Those who do not respond by HHS’ deadline will be assumed to have accepted the terms and conditions.

HHS previously told Reuters it has mechanisms in place to recoup the funds and address fraud.

(Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch and Marisa Taylor; Editing by Scott Malone and Chizu Nomiyama)

Responses

  1. Someone might want to point out to the Democrats that this is a fantastic example of what happens when they “direct-deposited $30 billion into the bank accounts of any medical provider who billed Medicare for services in 2019.”
    Imagine direct mailing a ballot to every address where someone is registered to vote. How many will go to people who don’t have the right to vote?
    Or when they mail $1200 to everyone who paid taxes in 2018. How many of those people may have criminal proceedings against them. Should they have gotten free tax-payer money?

  2. I’m still waiting for an explanation for the 400 million in cash on pallets delivered secretly to Iran… Why we are still the Worlds piggy bank is another question that the Dims might want to answer as well!

  3. “House Democrats Launch Inquiry”. That’s hilarious. Seeing the blank looks one their faces will they know when they find it? Wonder what this will cost.

  4. “The Trump Administration should immediately provide a full accounting of how these millions landed, as they so often do with this Administration, in the pockets of corporate interests and those under investigation for fraud.” Rep. Doggett

    This is what fascists DO! It is a result of incompetence. And in THIS administration, incompetence is THE main feature, from the very top on down.

    I don’t know a lot about Doggett’s reputation, but the administration does NOT want Rep. Katie Porter on their moneytrail. That’s for sure.

    1. Scott, I check this site once or twice a week and you are here every time in the comments. Dude, trolling can’t be that profitable to justify such an expenditure of time.

      1. If this is a problem for you, then don’t read.

        However, if you are ever interested in seeing bullshit, lies and partisan misinformation countered in a fair, honest, and truthful manner, then click on “follow” in my profile. I will try to honor our relationship.

      2. Thank you. I often wonder what he does with the rest of the time since he appears to live for this. His belief that only he is the only keeper of the truth is hilarious.

        1. Cherl is confused.

          I don’t feel that I am the keeper of the truth, but I am certainly capable of recognizing truth when I see it. That can’t be said for most other IJR members, you included. No, not at all.

  5. Corruption and fraud in the trumpukeisalivinglieandfraud administration ?
    Sounds like situation normal to me.

    1. What was your take on SuperO’s admin awarding the contract for the health exchanges to SuperO’s Canadian friend, supporter and who knows what else? You know, the exchanges that repeatedly crashed.

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        1. If that’s your idea of an intellectual contribution, like all of your previous ones, you really are too immature to be here. But then you obviously are a Democrat. So maybe you’re appealing to them.

          1. What has been YOUR intellectual contribution to IJR conversations, Cherl? Whatever they were, I must have missed them.

            Maybe you just confused me.

        1. I was not deflecting. As such please accept my apologies for actually being interested in your coherent response.

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