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Klein and Ros-Lehtinen cross aisle on Medicare fraud crackdown

The House has cleared legislation to crack down on Medicare fraud with "major provisions" authored by Reps. Ron Klein and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

Klein's office says the pair's provision targets criminals by doubling fines and jail time, and also contains ways to stop Medicare fraud before it starts. South Florida is an epicenter of Medicare fraud -- Klein's office estimates billions of dollars of fraud is commited in South Florida alone.

The legislation, Klein said, "marks a serious step forward in a huge and important battle to end the rampant fraud ravaging Medicare in South Florida.”

The legislation grants the Office of the Inspector General the authority to bar executives whose companies have been convicted of Medicare fraud from participating in the program in the future. It also cracks down on parent companies that commit fraud but hide behind shell companies.

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