☑️ Expand the jurisdiction of U.S. Attorney’s Offices to prosecute privately funded rehab facilities engaging in patient kickback schemes
ACHIEVED - Passed and signed into law in October 2018 as part of the Support for Patients and Communities Act, H.R. 6.
Issue and call to action before the passage of the legislation: Currently, federal law enforcement and prosecutors have only limited jurisdiction to investigate and prosecute bad actors defrauding private insurance programs. Federal prosecutors are limited in their ability to prosecute corrupt marketers and patient brokers whose schemes do not involve federally-funded programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid. Meanwhile, the private industry-wide fraud has been estimated in the billions of dollars, and the human cost of substandard care motivated by greed is incalculable.
In July 2018, U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced the Eliminating Kickbacks in Recovery Act. Congress needs to pass this important legislation, which would give federal prosecutors interstate commerce jurisdiction to combat the rampant exploitation occurring in substance use disorder treatment covered by private insurance.