Judicial Watch • U.S. Gives Illegal Aliens $29 Mil in Rx Meds

U.S. Gives Illegal Aliens $29 Mil in Rx Meds

U.S. Gives Illegal Aliens $29 Mil in Rx Meds

NOVEMBER 12, 2013

As if it weren’t bad enough that American taxpayers annually dole out huge sums to educate, incarcerate and medically treat illegal immigrants, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) spent tens of millions of dollars to give them free prescription drugs.

In all, CMS, which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), blew $29 million to cover Medicare Part D prescription drugs for 4,139 “unlawfully present” individuals that did not qualify for the benefit, according to an HHS Inspector General report. This occurred during a two-year period between 2009 and 2011, according to the agency watchdog.

If you think that’s bad, earlier this year CMS paid $91.6 million to health care providers to cover 2,600 ineligible illegal aliens. A 1996 law specifically prohibits illegal immigrants from getting federal healthcare benefits such as Medicare and Medicaid yet it continues to occur, despite audits exposing the violations. How? Because CMS doesn’t have policies and procedures that could enable it to detect such “improper payments,” according to an HHS Inspector General report released in January.

That means Americans will likely continue paying exorbitant amounts to provide illegal aliens with services banned by federal law. The prescription scandal involves Medicare Part D, a voluntary program that requires qualified beneficiaries to enroll in the federally approved prescription drug plan by completing paperwork.

Supposedly CMS uses information from the Social Security Administration to verify eligibility, but the new audit reveals this: “CMS did not have a policy addressing payments for unlawfully present beneficiaries under Medicare Part D that was equivalent to the existing policy that covers payments for these beneficiaries under Parts A and B.” That means the agency doesn’t have “internal controls to identify and disenroll unlawfully present beneficiaries.”

In a nutshell, it appears that the Health Department’s watchdog is essentially saying that there’s nothing the feds can do about this. The lost money cannot be recovered and the inspector general simply suggests the obvious; to “develop and implement controls to ensure that Medicare does not pay for prescription drugs for unlawfully present beneficiaries.”

 

 

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  • Bhishma

    With doors open, why are Americans surprised that they are murdered, looted and raped? But, coming to reality, Hussein has not only left the doors open, he has placed ‘incentives’ for criminals to break in, with the remote chance of VOTES (Remember, you need a state issued identity the moment you walk into a bank, but NONE to vote…. this is BY DESIGN! Hussein, himself a fraud, wants VOTES and illegals are an endless supply.
    Therefore, the backdoor is open, so what if hard-working, tax-paying, honest Americans are murdered, looted and murdered?

  • kat6591

    You have to be kidding me! We need to take of our own first before taking care of illegals. I don’t have insurance and I have to pay for my prescriptions. Why should my tax dollars go towards paying for someone who shouldn’t be here.

  • NOamnestyEVER

    MEXICO BANKRUPTS CALIFORNIA HOSPITALS – MEX CONSULATES URGE LOOTING OF LEGALS

    more at this link –

    http://mexicanoccupation.blogspot.com/2012/10/mexico-bankrupts-california-hospitals.html

    JUDICIALWATCH.org

    While the Obama Administration halts deportations to work on its secret amnesty plan, hospitals across the U.S. are getting stuck with the exorbitant tab of medically treating illegal immigrants and some are finally demanding compensation from the federal government

  • NOamnestyEVER

    how do the la raza dems build their party base of illegals? no borders, no enforcement, no E-VERIFY, no legal need apply AND MUCHO DREAM ACTS of WELFARE, OBAMACARE and now food stamps.

    http://mexicanoccupation.blogspot.com/2013/05/president-barack-obama-and-mexico.html

    “The watchdogs at Judicial Watch discovered documents that reveal how the Obama administration’s close coordination with the Mexican government entices Mexicans to hop over the fence and on to the American dole.” Washington Times

  • Russ1449

    This is really great, I’m a veteran and I have to pay for my prescriptions.

  • clayusmcret

    If the democrats has simply taken this $30 million and dispersed it to the thirty million they destroyed the US health care system (with obamacare) to insure, well, they wouldn’t have had to destroy the US health care system and the money would have been spent legally.

  • JackieBoy

    It is good that we are able to help these unfortunate people with medicine.

  • gombey100

    As usual this BHO regime is doing everything it can – to support these “illegal aliens”!!! This Chicago “buffoon” and his cohorts should ALL be in prison for “treacherous” acts against the Republic and the US Constitution!!!

    His *Odummercare* socialist nonsense is now coming back to bite-him-in-the-butt BIG time!!! He is doing so much damage to the DemoRATS right now – more than the GOP could ever hope to do!!!!

    What goes around – comes around!!

  • johnus0

    If the federal government applied the law in the books, fining and/or imprisoning employers, we wouldn’t have an illegal alien problem. If the illegal alien cannot find a job, he will go back to where he came from. His family can help him for a while, but after a few weeks or a few months, they are going to reach their economic limit and will be forced to abandon him. But, if the federal government refuses to do its job, everything else is irrelevant…

  • WOLVERINE45

    each and every year the drooling us tax payers hand out over 500 billion dollars of their hard earned tax money to the 30 million criminal illegal alien invaders now in the usa….each and every year and its growing on a daily basis as the they stream in by the thousands in anticipation of the obama amnesty once the democ rats give them amnesty they will quickly bring in another 50 million of their relatives most being unskilled uneducated old young and very poor and most will go directly on the gov dole assuring the total and utter collapse of america just as obama and the america hating democ rats have wanted all along

  • thommy

    if i could talk about 12 million americans into it id say, lets go to mexico and start asking for their stuff.

  • thommy

    oh, wait. i thought this was the thing about how the illegalls are on a hunger strike. well, i guess that my granma dosent need her meds anymore so we should prolly give them to someone who broke into her house and is demanding them.

  • eatme

    I know! I know!! To solve the problem of providing benefits fro illegals – let’s make them legal!!! Problem solved!!

  • carl38

    Since Mexico is the 51st state of The United Slaves of America, I think they have every right to rip off the established government and replace it with the one they had when Mexico was a sovereign nation.

  • KmaMedPR

    Millions in fraudulent payouts by CMS, billions in fraudulent returns by IRS, trillions of our tax dollars spent on services provided to illegal aliens each year and it is JW, not our elected officials, who uncover this incompetence (or criminal activity) by people whose salaries we pay. There is a fine line separating dereliction of duty from treason. This administration has long ago crossed that line.

  • josetoyou

    What is is that our federal government doesn’t understand about the word “illegal”???

  • ChrisLongski

    If you like your doctor and health plan, you can keep ‘em….

  • ChrisLongski

    Hey, Liberals are the champions of the downtrodden and poor. Keep ‘em on handouts and they don’t dare vote against you….

  • Vorenious

    More waste money being given to the illegals, because they are lingering in our custody. I do hope, that each person who is given a med is also given a billing for the issuance of the med and the clerk/medical officials time. Also, if these people do have some type of insurance, are we billing them for it. This is a common practice at the VA, bill for meds and healthcare to veterans. We should do the same for those in jail as well. Create health accounts, require them to buy a policy then bill it to recuperate our costs. If the VA can screw over veterans and take their money, why can’t we take these illegals and those in jail?

  • exbobbie

    How many times have we been told, illegal aliens don’t get welfare, don’t vote, don’t qualify for this, don’t qualify for that, and yet we continue to read stories like this one where illegals are in our social programs and are receiving benefits?. The IRS has doled out millions of dollars to illegals resulting from fraudulent claims, some to just one address, your telling me that the IRS couldn’t figure out that hundreds of people were living at the same address. This is sick.

  • kimdi01

    Nothing the government does is FREE. No matter what it is, it eventually falls upon the TAXPAYERS to pay for it. Since it is against the law (“a 1996 law specifically prohibits illegal immigrants from getting federal healthcare benefits”) then why has no one been charged with breaking the law and stealing TAXPAYER dollars to give this medicine away?

  • wldtrv

    time to speak out instead of just complain. IT is getting us nowhere and Obama knows it.

  • wldtrv

    I figured out how I can start getting some help. I need to give up my job, my citizenship and I can start getting all the freebees. I can actually do better financially that way

  • bruman

    To Kurtwm: “that’s over $7000 per illegal”… Actually that’s $7000 per illegal alien over a two year period, or 3500 per illegal per year, or about $300 per illegal per month.

  • augie

    I’m 70 years old and still work mostly to afford my medical and drug expense. If the illegals need the same they can get a job as I did 56 years ago.

  • cptjno

    Why don’t we just use our drones to fly over Mexico and drop money, Obamaphones, etc.?

  • shorty

    The first question to ask is, “how did these people sign up through social security for Medicare? “Are they also getting social security? Didn’t the SS office confirm that they were a US citizen? Much more is wrong here.

  • kurtwm

    “…..$29 million to cover Medicare Part D prescription drugs for 4,139…..” that’s over $7000.00 per illegal if my math is right. What kind of drugs are they getting, Illegal drugs?

  • johholaday

    Does this make sense to anyone? We had to have Obamacare to take care of people and get insurance for all, so why do illegals get this?

    Not a bid of sense – just stupid!

  • Cassie1

    Ugh!

  • stevo

    Nothing shocking in this sea of corruption that we swim, poop and drink.

  • TravlnTexan

    So much destruction to do…so little time.

  • Johnny

    It’s the Kings money, not yours. As long as it doesn’t effect his vacation fund, it’s all good……………for the King. Impeach Oblowme!