The FBI on Thursday charged 49 current and former Russian diplomats and their spouses for their roles in what they say was a near decade-long scheme to defraud Medicaid of half a million dollars in benefits.
An official characterized the error rate on forms as a substantial improvement from October.
States declining to participate in the Medicaid expansion will lose billions in federal funds.
That's only a slight uptick, however, from mid-October.
The House could consider legislation related to Medicare's flawed physician payment formula next week, although it is unclear whether the chamber will weigh a permanent or a short-term "doc fix." House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) announced that the chamber could hold a vote pertaining to Medicare's sustainable growth rate (SGR) in the final work week before the holiday recess.
Physicians who accept Medicare payments are facing a pay cut of about 25 percent on Dec. 31, when the current fix is set to expire, putting pressure on Congress to act before next year. There are signs that lawmakers could move forward on a permanent fix this month, though final passage appears unlikely as lawmakers rush to finish other work. Elise Viebeck at The Hill reports.
Rep. George Holding (R-N.C.) has proposed legislation that would require federal officials and others who use ObamaCare data to commit identify theft to serve a five-year prison term.
Michael Robertson said healthcare reform was one of the reasons he went to work for Obama.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) chided Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) for announcing that he will exempt some of his staff from enrolling in ObamaCare.
“Sen. Reid's decision to exempt his staff from ObamaCare exchanges is the clearest example yet of ObamaCare's failures and Washington hypocrisy,” Cruz said. “His staff worked to pass it and continue to promote it, now they don't want to be part of it because it's a disaster.”
A study identifies 27 rules that spent little or no time under White House review.
The chamber must address a looming pay cut to Medicare physicians by Dec. 31.