Medicare drug plans need tools to combat drug abuse | Human Events

In August, House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) introduced a bill, Protecting Integrity in Medicare Act of 2014, designed to help Medicare drug plans reduce fraud. More than 16,000 people die annually from abusing pain relievers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, double the number that die abusing cocaine and heroin combined. Drug diversion costs insurers nearly $75 billion per year — about two-thirds of it from public programs such as Medicare and Medicaid.

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