ADVISORY: House Ways and Means Committee to Vote Tomorrow on Barletta’s Verify First Act

May 23, 2017
Press Release
Legislation Would Stop Fraud, Protect Taxpayer Dollars

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House Ways and Means Committee tomorrow is scheduled to markup legislation introduced by Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) to stop fraud in the distribution of health care tax credits and protect taxpayer dollars.

A 2016 Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs report revealed that, under Obamacare, $750 million in taxpayer-funded health care subsidies went to people who did not qualify for those benefits.

Barletta’s Verify First Act would address this problem by simply requiring the Social Security Administration, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Health and Human Services to work together to verify first that an individual is a citizen, national, or legal immigrant before giving that individual the advanced health insurance premium tax credit.

“Every taxpayer dollar that goes to someone committing fraud is a dollar that is not going to help working families and those who truly need and deserve assistance,” Barletta said.  “My bill would fix this problem by verifying that an individual is legally entitled to taxpayer-funded benefits before sending that money out the door.”

Concerned about abuse of taxpayer dollars as Congress considered the American Health Care Act (AHCA), Barletta was able to secure a guarantee from President Donald J. Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan that the House would vote on the Verify First Act.  The bill is part of the multi-step process Congress is working through to repeal and replace Obamacare.