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house Bill H.R. 5676

Should Medicare Prescription Drug Plans be Allowed to Suspend Payments to Pharmacies Accused of Fraud?

Argument in favor

This commonsense, bipartisan bill would ensure that pharmacies accused of fraud stop receiving payments under Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans while they’re investigated.

Anthony's Opinion
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06/19/2018
they are screwing us all of them how else did they go from a million dollar company to a company worth billions and enough cash to buy each other out for over 30 billion they are screwing us big time now go prove it
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Leon's Opinion
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06/19/2018
I’m not even sure why this wasn’t already happening.
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SneakyPete's Opinion
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06/19/2018
WHY THE HECK NOT. This is a commonsense, bipartisan bill which would ensure that pharmacies accused of fraud stop receiving payments, under Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, while they’re investigated. 6*19*18 .....
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Argument opposed

While pharmacies facing substantive allegations of fraud need to be investigated, suspending payments to them under Medicare prescription drug plans goes too far and won't serve as a deterrent.

M's Opinion
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06/20/2018
Accused? No. Convicted Yes. We believe in innocence until proven guilty In This country.
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Daniel's Opinion
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06/20/2018
In the US, there is a burden of proof beyond reasonable doubt that must be considered. A credible allegation is still just an allegation. Until fraud has been investigated and proven, then payments to these pharmacies should continue.
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Edgar l.'s Opinion
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06/20/2018
Medicare deems writing the wrong number in a code as fraud. No it's a mistake. Although I'm not in favor of big pharmacies this is going to hurt the small pharmacy. They deserve due process.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Finance
  • The house Passed June 19th, 2018
    Roll Call Vote 356 Yea / 3 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Committee on Ways and Means
      Health
    IntroducedMay 3rd, 2018

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Bill Activity

  • action
    Introduced in House
  • referral
    Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
  • referral
    Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
  • referral
    Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
  • action
    Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
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    Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by Voice Vote.
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    Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Ways and Means. H. Rept. 115-759, Part I.
  • action
    Mr. Roskam moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.
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    Considered under suspension of the rules.
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    DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 5676.
  • action
    At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
  • action
    Considered as unfinished business.
  • vote
    On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 356 - 3 (Roll no. 270).
  • action
    Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
  • referral
    Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Finance
  • The house Passed June 19th, 2018
    Roll Call Vote 356 Yea / 3 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Committee on Ways and Means
      Health
    IntroducedMay 3rd, 2018

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    they are screwing us all of them how else did they go from a million dollar company to a company worth billions and enough cash to buy each other out for over 30 billion they are screwing us big time now go prove it
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    Accused? No. Convicted Yes. We believe in innocence until proven guilty In This country.
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    In the US, there is a burden of proof beyond reasonable doubt that must be considered. A credible allegation is still just an allegation. Until fraud has been investigated and proven, then payments to these pharmacies should continue.
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    Medicare deems writing the wrong number in a code as fraud. No it's a mistake. Although I'm not in favor of big pharmacies this is going to hurt the small pharmacy. They deserve due process.
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    So now we are going to jail people who have been accused of wrongdoing without due process? I guess those of you stating approval of this would be okay losing a business or going to jail on an accusation. Thought not. Use your heads and think before writing.
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    The fraud should be proven, not just alleged before withholding payment
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    Innocent until proven guilty is the basis of our legal system
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    What happened to innocent until proven guilty. It might be the most honest the bad guys are, while under investigation.
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    Not without Proof of fraud, if they are accused of fraud then there should be an investigation to prove it. If it is proven they committed fraud and they should be close down.
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    Accused? No. If they are indited on charges of fraud, then they should be suspended in escrow, until such time as guilt or innocence is determined.
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    This will only hurt the beneficiary of a federal drug plan.
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    Absolutely
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    WHY THE HECK NOT. This is a commonsense, bipartisan bill which would ensure that pharmacies accused of fraud stop receiving payments, under Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, while they’re investigated. 6*19*18 .....
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    If a senior loses out on necessary medicine and it leads to death, I believe that is more a moral tragedy than money being stolen from customers.
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    Innocent until conviction
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    I am concerned that actual patients who need the drugs may be more immediately affected. Fine the fraudulent but do not cripple delivery to the patients reliant.
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    There is a huge difference between accused and convicted. This bill is trash the way it's written.
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    Convicted yes, charged no.
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    Absolute no! ACCUSED is not enough. Not proven guilty is not guilty.
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    I’m not even sure why this wasn’t already happening.
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