While millions of United States citizens are in the process of losing their healthcare insurance and being forced into participating in the bureaucratic fiasco known as Obamacare, American taxpayers annually dole out huge sums to medically treat illegal aliens. One example is the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) spending tens of millions of dollars to give them free prescription drugs, according to a report on Tuesdayfrom a nonpartisan government watchdog group.
Federal health care benefits are not allowable for services provided to unlawfully present beneficiaries, according to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Inspector General Daniel Levinson.
According to Judicial Watch, a non-profit organization that investigates and exposes government corruption, theCenters for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has specifically implemented a policy that bars Federal payments for health care services provided to unlawfully present beneficiaries in Medicare Parts A and B.
An individual is eligible for Part D benefits if he or she is entitled to Medicare benefits under Part A or enrolled in Part B and lives in the service area of a Part D plan. Thus, Federal law prohibits Part D payments for prescription drugs provided to unlawfully present beneficiaries.
CMS doesn’t have a policy addressing payments for unlawful beneficiaries under Medicare Part D that was equivalent to the existing policy that covers payments for these beneficiaries under Parts A and B.
Without such a policy, CMS incorrectly treated unlawfully present beneficiaries as eligible for Part D benefits and did not prevent Part D payments on behalf of them. Because CMS did not have such a policy, it did not have internal controls to identify and disenroll unlawfully present beneficiaries and to …