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Debt Ceiling Deal Authorizes Additional Funding For HHS To Go After Fraud, Abuse

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The legislative text of the debt ceiling compromise states that if Congress passes a bill that deals with health care fraud and abuse, then it is authorized to spend the following additional funds on the program: $270 million in 2012, $299 million in 2013, $329 million in 2014, $361 million in 2015, $395 million in 2016, $414 million in 2017, $434 million in 2018, $454 million in 2019, $475 million in 2012, $496 million in 2021. Note that this is only an authorization — Congress still has to appropriate the funds.