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Union Calendar No. 330

115th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 3245

[Report No. 115–448, Part I]


To amend title XI of the Social Security Act to increase civil money penalties and criminal fines for Federal health care program fraud and abuse, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 14, 2017

Mr. Bilirakis (for himself and Ms. Castor of Florida) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

December 6, 2017

Reported from the Committee on Energy and Commerce

December 6, 2017

The Committee on Ways and Means discharged; committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed


A BILL

To amend title XI of the Social Security Act to increase civil money penalties and criminal fines for Federal health care program fraud and abuse, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Medicare Civil and Criminal Penalties Update Act”.

SEC. 2. Increased civil and criminal penalties and increased sentences for Federal health care program fraud and abuse.

(a) Increased civil money penalties and criminal fines.—

(1) INCREASED CIVIL MONEY PENALTIES.—Section 1128A of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1320a–7a) is amended—

(A) in subsection (a), in the matter following paragraph (10)—

(i) by striking “$10,000” and inserting “$20,000” each place it appears;

(ii) by striking “$15,000” and inserting “$30,000”; and

(iii) by striking “$50,000” and inserting “$100,000” each place it appears; and

(B) in subsection (b)—

(i) in paragraph (1), in the flush text following subparagraph (B), by striking “$2,000” and inserting “$5,000”;

(ii) in paragraph (2), by striking “$2,000” and inserting “$5,000”; and

(iii) in paragraph (3)(A)(i), by striking “$5,000” and inserting “$10,000”.

(2) INCREASED CRIMINAL FINES.—Section 1128B of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1320a–7b) is amended—

(A) in subsection (a), in the matter following paragraph (6)—

(i) by striking “$25,000” and inserting “$100,000”; and

(ii) by striking “$10,000” and inserting “$20,000”;

(B) in subsection (b)—

(i) in paragraph (1), in the flush text following subparagraph (B), by striking “$25,000” and inserting “$100,000”; and

(ii) in paragraph (2), in the flush text following subparagraph (B), by striking “$25,000” and inserting “$100,000”;

(C) in subsection (c), by striking “$25,000” and inserting “$100,000”;

(D) in subsection (d), in the flush text following paragraph (2), by striking “$25,000” and inserting “$100,000”; and

(E) in subsection (e), by striking “$2,000” and inserting “$4,000”.

(b) Increased sentences for felonies involving Federal health care program fraud and abuse.—

(1) FALSE STATEMENTS AND REPRESENTATIONS.—Section 1128B(a) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1320a–7b(a)) is amended, in the matter following paragraph (6), by striking “not more than five years or both, or (ii)” and inserting “not more than 10 years or both, or (ii)”.

(2) ANTIKICKBACK.—Section 1128B(b) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1320a–7b(b)) is amended—

(A) in paragraph (1), in the flush text following subparagraph (B), by striking “not more than five years” and inserting “not more than 10 years”; and

(B) in paragraph (2), in the flush text following subparagraph (B), by striking “not more than five years” and inserting “not more than 10 years”.

(3) FALSE STATEMENT OR REPRESENTATION WITH RESPECT TO CONDITIONS OR OPERATIONS OF FACILITIES.—Section 1128B(c) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1320a–7b(c)) is amended by striking “not more than five years” and inserting “not more than 10 years”.

(4) EXCESS CHARGES.—Section 1128B(d) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1320a–7b(d)) is amended, in the flush text following paragraph (2), by striking “not more than five years” and inserting “not more than 10 years”.

(c) Effective date.—The amendments made by this section shall apply to acts committed after the date of the enactment of this Act.


Union Calendar No. 330

115th CONGRESS
     1st Session
H. R. 3245
[Report No. 115–448, Part I]

A BILL
To amend title XI of the Social Security Act to increase civil money penalties and criminal fines for Federal health care program fraud and abuse, and for other purposes.

December 6, 2017
Reported from the Committee on Energy and Commerce
December 6, 2017
The Committee on Ways and Means discharged; committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed
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