Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart Demands Answers About Medicare Fraud

Aug 22, 2008
Press Release

MIAMI—Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) issued a statement following news reports that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General is expected to release a report next week citing a possible manipulation of a 2006 audit by Medicare officials to mislead Congress about how effective the agency has been combating fraud in the medical equipment industry.   

“If true, this is an outrageous and unforgivable stunt,” Diaz-Balart said. “Cracking down on fraud should be a top priority for Medicare, not fixing numbers to make an agency look better.  This is taxpayer money and must be treated with integrity and reverence. I expect hearings and I expect answers -- truthful answers -- from Medicare about this report.”