CMS: Block Illegal Immigrants' Medicaid Collections

Wednesday, 08 Jan 2014 12:52 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn says he's in favor of federal health officials' plans to stop illegal immigrants from collecting Medicare-related benefits.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services wants to block illegal immigrants from collecting benefits through Medicare's prescription drug program or enrolling in the service's Advantage plans, reports The Washington Times.

The move could save nearly $70 million between 2015 to 2019, says CMS in a rule proposed on Monday.

Coburn, saying the agency is making the right move, said that it must also "show they can implement their plans with successful results. They also should take the necessary steps to prevent paying taxpayer dollars to dead doctors, doctors with felonies, or dead patients."

The CMS move throws some confusion into how the Obama administration plans to keep illegal immigrants from collecting benefits. While the president and Democrats have agreed that there should be no Obamacare benefits for illegal immigrants, the IRS still pays them a refundable child tax credit, a policy Republicans have repeatedly called to end.

In December, the Democratic-controlled Senate rejected an amendment from Alabama Republican Jeff sessions that would have closed the loophole that allows immigrants to claim the credit and restore cuts to military pensioners' cost-of-living increases.

The new rule will be part of regulations that formally come out on Friday. CMS also plans to punish doctors and providers who prescribe unnecessary medications or fake prescriptions.

The Medicare and tax credit issues are not the same thing, Marshall Fitz, director of immigration policy at the Center for American Progress, said, noting that the Medicare proposal seems to be a "clean up effort" that doesn't prove "sound policy." Instead, he said, the federal government should legalize illegal immigrants, who could then pay taxes.

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Christie Pension Battle Called a Test for 2016

Sunday, 27 Jul 2014 22:30 PM

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's push for more reform of public pensions may put him to the test as he considers a 2016  . . .

Rick Perry: Guardsmen Needed at Border to Handle Criminals

Sunday, 27 Jul 2014 12:24 PM

National Guardsmen are needed along the border with Mexico to deter and detain criminals, Texas Gov. Rick Perry told the . . .

Ted Cruz Blames Democrats for Capitol Hill Gridlock

Saturday, 26 Jul 2014 17:06 PM

Sen. Ted Cruz slammed President Barack Obama and the Democrats for the gridlock that has paralyzed Congress.
"It s . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved