There are 12 members of Congress to watch. They have all introduced bills on Medicare fraud:
• Sens. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) are sponsors of a bipartisan bill to allow public access to a Medicare claims database that details what every provider earns from Medicare.
• Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) is a sponsor of a bill to prevent fraud, waste and abuse in Medicare.
• Rep. Clifford Stearns (R-Fla.) is a sponsor of bills on the Medicare Fraud Prevention Act of 2011, the Consumer Privacy Protection Act and the Data Accountability and Trust Act.
• Rep. Walter Herger (R-Calif.) is a sponsor of bills to strengthen Medicare and Medicare anti-fraud measures.
• Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) is a sponsor of bills for Medicare spending transparency and for the removal of Social Security numbers from Medicare cards.
• Rep. Samuel Johnson (R-Texas) is a sponsor of another bill to prohibit the inclusion of Social Security numbers on Medicare cards.
• Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) is a sponsor of another bill to preclude the use of Social Security account numbers on Medicare cards.
• Sen. Thomas Carper (D-Del.) is a sponsor of a bill to curb waste, abuse and fraud.
• Rep. William Thornberry (R-Texas) is a sponsor of bills to reduce paperwork in health care and to prevent fraud and abuse through education.
• Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-Penn.) is a sponsor of a bill to repeal the Medicare competitive acquisition program for durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies — key areas of Medicare fraud.
• Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) is a sponsor of a bill to apply accreditation and license requirements for suppliers of orthotics and prosthetics — two key areas of Medicare fraud.
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