CMS Fails to Provide Medicare/Medicaid Fraud Estimate
WASHINGTON, DC -The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, chaired by Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL), today concluded a hearing on waste, fraud, and abuse in Medicare and Medicaid. The amount of fraud in the Medicare and Medicaid programs has risen steadily over the last forty years, in spite of promises from numerous administrations to eliminate such fraud. GAO has continually designated Medicare as a "High Risk" since 1990 and Medicaid since 2003.
During the hearing, an administration witness from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid...
Rep. Fred Upton in National Review Online: A New Partnership with Governors
Today the House Committee on Energy and Commerce begins writing a new chapter in federalism.
We will hear directly from governors about the devastating consequences of Obamacare that loom for their states -- a sobering reminder about the budgetary time bomb the new health-care law represents.
Inviting state leaders to the corridors of Congress today is just the start of this new openness to federalism. Over the next two years my colleagues and I in the House will regularly solicit input from governors across the country on a...
Medicaid Expansion in Health Law to Cost States $118 Billion Through 2023
WASHINGTON, DC - In advance of today's House Energy & Commerce Committee hearing examining ObamaCare's impact on Medicaid and state health care reform, U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Fred Upton (R-Michigan), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee released a comprehensive report outlining the $118 billion price tag to states of the massive expansion of the Medicaid program in the health law.
The joint Congressional Committee report, Medicaid Expansion in the New Health Law: Costs to the States, put...
NEWS: Politico "The Fixer: Upton's Oversight Far, Wide"
For months, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has basked in the glory as the chairman with the oversight power to conduct wide-ranging investigations and issue subpoenas. But federal agencies have learned in recent weeks that the chairman who can impose real pain is Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), the aw-shucks head of the Energy and Commerce Committee.
In just the first six weeks, Upton's hearings and investigations have been relentless and wide ranging. For starters, they have pursued the more than 900 waivers that the Health and Human Services Department...
Energy and Commerce Listens to Governors' Ideas on Medicaid and State Health Reform
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Committee, chaired by Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), today heard from Govs. Haley Barbour (R-MS), Gary Herbert (R-UT), and Deval Patrick (D-MA) as they discussed the impact of the new health care law on Medicaid and state budgets and proposed ideas to allow flexibility for states. Prior to the hearing, the Energy and Commerce Committee and Senate Finance Committee released a report outlining that the law's massive Medicaid expansion will cost states at least $118 billion.
Upton Invites Governors' Ideas
OPINION: Tom Corbett in USA Today "Let States Guide Medicaid Reform
Pick up any newspaper across the country, and you'll likely see a headline about the difficult choices facing states as they struggle to balance their budgets.
Unlike the federal government, states are legally required to have balanced budgets. They cannot run a deficit and accumulate massive debt. While this presents a daunting challenge in many state capitals that is non-existent in Washington, it also has made governors into some of the nation's most innovative thinkers when it comes to efficient governing.
Governors have led the way in reforming...
Upton Comments on Noble Deepwater Permit
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) welcomed today's announcement by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) that it had issued a permit to Noble Energy to continue work on a well about 70 miles southeast of Venice, Louisiana. Noble started drilling the well four days before the Deepwater Horizon explosion. The permit follows recent news that a well containment system, a key condition for reinstatement of Gulf oil production, is now operational in the Gulf. Upton made the...
Energy & Commerce Leaders Press Energy Dept. on Yucca Mountain, Status of Billions of Taxpayer Dollars Collected for Disbanded Project
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Environment and the Economy Subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus (R-IL) today sent a letter to Energy Secretary Steven Chu seeking answers on the Yucca Mountain nuclear repository. Upton and Shimkus are concerned that despite the scientific community's seal of approval as well as billions of taxpayer dollars collected for the project, the administration inexplicably pulled the plug on the Yucca repository without offering a viable alternative.
In the letter to Energy Secretary Chu, Upton and Shimkus...