Shocking HHS Report Finds Fraud Schemes for HIV Meds Cost Medicare $33M a year
Turns out, more than half of the drug-money heists uncovered involved patients with no record of HIV filling tens-of-thousands of dollars worth of prescriptions for antiretrovirals. The HHS suspects that these bogus patients sold the HIV drugs on the black market, or that pharmacies across the country billed for meds that beneficiaries never received.
In another scheme, thieves stole beneficiaries’ ID numbers and used them to buy expensive drugs without their knowledge.

Shocking HHS Report Finds Fraud Schemes for HIV Meds Cost Medicare $33M a year

Turns out, more than half of the drug-money heists uncovered involved patients with no record of HIV filling tens-of-thousands of dollars worth of prescriptions for antiretrovirals.

The HHS suspects that these bogus patients sold the HIV drugs on the black market, or that pharmacies across the country billed for meds that beneficiaries never received.

In another scheme, thieves stole beneficiaries’ ID numbers and used them to buy expensive drugs without their knowledge.

Congress Urges HHS to Ease Up Restrictions on Marijuana Research

Currently, marijuana is still listed as a Schedule I substance in the U.S., meaning that scientists have to seek permission from the DEA and get state and local licenses that allow them to possess the drug before testing it. This prevents a vast amount of studies that could, and many argue, should be going into the drug.

With more than 22 states allowing the use of marijuana for medical purposes today, and more than 1 million Americans currently using it as treatment, 30 members of Congress are now pushing for federal policies that would help ramp up research, not roadblock it.

Newsfeed: Advocates Claim HIV Discrimination by Florida Health Insurers. Have filed a legal complaint with HHS. Four health insurance companies in Florida have put HIV drugs on their most expensive tiers to purposely discourage enrollment by people living with the virus.

Newsfeed: Advocates Claim HIV Discrimination by Florida Health Insurers. Have filed a legal complaint with HHS.

Four health insurance companies in Florida have put HIV drugs on their most expensive tiers to purposely discourage enrollment by people living with the virus.