Med­i­caid providers who owe taxes fac­ing crack­down

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Se­nior sen­a­tors from both par­ties want stepped up en­force­ment and new laws af­ter some Med­i­caid providers were found to owe large amounts of un­paid fed­eral taxes. Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), chair­man of the Per­ma­nent Sub­com­mit­tee on In­ves­ti­ga­tions, rec­om­mended both steps af­ter a re­cent Gov­ern­ment Ac­count­abil­ity Of­fice re­port that he re­quested found about 7,000 providers that were re­im­bursed $6.6 bil­lion for treat­ing Med­i­caid pa­tients owed at least $791 mil­lion in fed­eral taxes from 2009 or ear­lier. Levin urged levies on health­care providers’ Med­i­caid pay­ments and on Med­i­caid pay­ments to man­aged­care or­ga­ni­za­tions whose doc­tors or other prin­ci­pals owe taxes, as well as new author­ity for the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to bar providers with un­paid taxes from en­rolling in Med­i­caid. Fed­eral law does not pro­hibit providers with un­paid fed­eral taxes from en­rolling in or re­ceiv­ing pay­ments from Med­i­caid, ac­cord­ing to the GAO re­port. How­ever, the In­ter­nal Rev­enue Ser­vice can seize Med­i­caid re­im­burse­ments to sat­isfy a provider’s tax debt.

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