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Medicare’s Drug Program Needs Stronger Protections Against Fraud, Watchdog Says

     Medicare is not tracking it's prescription drug program very well.  The Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services put out a finding that less than half of insurance companies, who are paid to administer the program, reported prescription data to the federal government.  On the other hand Medicare failed to follow up on this lack of reporting, and did little with the information that was submitted. 

     Medicare's prescription drug program covers more than 36 million seniors and disabled people.  It is said to pay for one out of every four prescription filled in the country.  The data that was reported varied widely from one case of fraud to just under 14,000.  U.S. Sen. Tom Carper weighed in on the matter when he said "The Inspector General's findings show that we need to forge a stronger partnership between the federal government and the private sector if we want to curb waste and fraud in the Medicare prescription drug program,” said Carper, chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. “We have to curb the drain of taxpayer dollars from these vital programs."

   We obviously need to change the system so the federal government can control the spending of the medicare program.

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