White House Sought Safeguards to Reduce ObamaCare Fraud

The White House is calling for a “more aggressive strategy” to reduce improper payments made by Medicare and the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to a letter made public to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

The Center for Public Integrity obtained the February letter — written by Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan and addressed to HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell — after a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

In the letter, Donovan directs HHS to develop plans to reduce improper payments made by Medicare and the ACA.

“While some progress has been made on this front, we believe a more aggressive strategy can be implemented to reduce the levels of improper payments we are currently seeing,” Donovan wrote.

He directed HHS to develop a “comprehensive corrective action plan” to reduce improper payments, which include payments to fraudulent providers or other payments Medicare pays out in the wrong amount or to the wrong person.