Feds spent $29M on meds for 4,139 illegal aliens

Do the math. That comes out to around $7,000 per illegal alien, no sorry, undocumented immigrant, nope beautiful unlicensed DREAMER. But there are just some jobs that Americans won’t do. Like illegally collect $28 million in Medicare Part D prescription drugs.

Immigration reform now. Alongside medical reform. Because $28 million is just too little.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) spent almost $29 million to cover Medicare Part D prescription drugs for 4,139 individuals “unlawfully present” in the U.S. and thus ineligible to receive federal health care benefits, according to an audit by Daniel Levinson, inspector general of the Department of Health & Human Services.

Medicare Parts A and B cover hospitalization, skilled nursing care, doctor visits, and other medical services and supplies. The IG previously reported in January that CMS had also paid $91.6 million to health care providers to cover 2,600 ineligible illegal aliens.

The unallowable payments were made by CMS despite the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, which prohibits illegal aliens from receiving federal health care benefits, and CMS’ own 2003 memo warning: “Make no payments for Medicare services furnished to an alien beneficiary who is not lawfully present in the United States.

The IG recommended that CMS “develop and implement controls to ensure that Medicare does not pay for prescription drugs for unlawfully present beneficiaries” by preventing them from enrolling, disenrolling those already in the Medicare Part D system, and “automatically rejecting PDE records submitted by sponsors for prescription drugs provided to this population.”

Don’t worry. Obama and the Republican Amnesty crowd already have this covered.

And if only 4,139 illegal aliens racked up $28 million in Medicare Part D bills, imagine how much 12 million illegal aliens will rack up?

This revealing report appearing in FrontPage magazine is sure to raise the blood pressure of any hard-working American citizen taxpayer.

2 Responses to Feds spent $29M on meds for 4,139 illegal aliens

  1. Frankly Speaking says:

    Fine report….save for the often repeated and drastically undercounted number of illegals. That 12 million has been erroneously cited for years. In truth the correct number is closer to three times that figure.

    • ZOO says:

      Here again is a 2006 Bear Stearns report recap that I posted several weeks ago. It shows that during the first 5 years of the George W. Bush administration, over 9 million NEW Mexican illegal aliens entered the country. The report concludes at the end of 2005 there were 20-22 million illegal Mexicans in the U.S.

      Add to this the surge created by the 2007 Bush/Kennedy/McCain amnesty drive, the surge created by Obama’s 2012 D.A.C.A. announcement, and the eight years that have elapsed since the report was produced.

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