Dr. Ruiz Introduces Bill to Combat Senior Healthcare Fraud
Palm Springs, CA – Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) introduced a bipartisan bill designed to help curb healthcare fraud among senior citizens. The Protecting Seniors from Healthcare Fraud Act of 2013 aims to educate seniors on the most common healthcare fraud schemes to help them avoid falling victim to fraud, and to encourage them to report fraud to law enforcement.
“The best way to protect seniors from healthcare fraud in the Coachella Valley and across the country is to ensure they have the tools to stop criminals before they are able to get the senior’s information in the first place.” said Dr. Ruiz. “My bill is designed to provide more information on ways criminals are working to defraud seniors through healthcare scams to bring criminals to justice. It’s vital that seniors know and recognize the warning signs of fraud and report the activity to law enforcement. "
“AARP is pleased to endorse the Protecting Seniors from Health Care Fraud Act,” said Joyce Rodger, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for AARP. “By being more aware of fraud, and knowing how to identify it, Medicare beneficiaries can better protect themselves. Strengthening program integrity through better beneficiary education is a responsible solution for improving Medicare and our health care system.”
This legislation requires the Department of Health and Human Services in conjunction with the Department of Justice to work with federal agencies to generate a report with policy recommendations on the most prevalent healthcare schemes and to mail seniors a list of the top ten healthcare fraud schemes.
The bill has the support of AARP, The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, National Hispanic Council on Aging, Alliance for Retired Americans, Medicare Rights Center, Coalition Against Insurance Fraud, Caregiver Action Network, Alliance for Aging Research, National Association for Home Care & Hospice, American Society on Aging, Latinos for a Secure Retirement, The Elder Justice Coalition. and The Center for Social Gerontology.