This bill — known as the Verify First Act — would require federal agencies to verify that a recipient of the premium tax credit is a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident before advance payments of the tax credit are made. That requirement would also apply to the advance payments of a new tax credit under the American Health Care Act (if it’s enacted) after 2019. Individuals could provide a Social Security number in order to comply with the requirement.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
Committee on Finance
- senate Committees
- The house Passed June 13th, 2017Roll Call Vote 238 Yea / 184 Nay
Committee on Energy and CommerceHealthCommittee on Ways and MeansIntroducedMay 22nd, 2017
- house Committees
What is House Bill H.R. 2581?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 2581
In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA) introduced this bill to stop fraud in the distribution of healthcare tax credits and protect taxpayer dollars:
“Every taxpayer dollar that goes to someone committing fraud is a dollar that is not going to help working families and those who truly need and deserve assistance. My bill would fix this problem by verifying that an individual is legally entitled to taxpayer-funded benefits before sending that money out the door.”
Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee opposed this legislation because “it imposes additional and unnecessary bureaucratic paperwork on working families that are in need of financial assistance to afford their health insurance premiums.”
Of Note: A 2016 Senate report found that unauthorized immigrants received up to $750 million in Obamacare premium subsidies. A total of 471,000 people who were covered in 2015 didn’t produce documentation of their citizenship or immigration status in their application, although that doesn’t necessarily mean all were ineligible.
Summary by Eric Revell(Photo Credit: Social Security Administration / Public Domain)