Rep. Meadows Chairs Hearing on Improper Payments in State Administered Programs
Washington, D.C. – Thursday morning, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, chaired a hearing in the Oversight and Government Reform Committee on improper payments titled “Improper Payments in State-Administered Programs: Medicaid.”
The text of Rep. Meadows’ opening statement in the hearing is below. To watch the video of his remarks, click here. You can also watch the full re-run of the subcommittee hearing here.
"These issues encompass the entire federal government, and in fact, improper payments are a huge problem. The GAO estimates that there's been over $1 trillion in improper payments since fiscal year 2003. Now again, that's $1 trillion dollars since 2003. In fiscal year 2017 alone, the government got it wrong to the tune of $141 billion in improper payments."
"The Department of Health and Human Services accounts for the largest amount of improper payments with over $90 billion. The Medicaid program accounts for over $36 billion, or 40 percent of HHS improper payments. And if we think about that number - $36 billion in taxpayers' dollars that are unaccounted for - for one federal program, it is not only staggering, but you start to look at it and say why aren't we addressing it?"