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An investigation by Kaiser Health News (KHN) indicates a federal system created to stop health care business owners and executives from repeatedly “bilking” government health programs is deeply flawed.

“That means people are once again tapping into Medicaid, Medicare, and other taxpayer-funded federal health programs after being legally banned because of fraudulent or illegal behavior,” writes KHN reporters Sarah Jane Tribble and Lauren Weber. “In large part that’s because the government relies on those who are banned to self-report their infractions or criminal histories on federal and state applications when they move into new jobs or launch companies that access federal health care dollars.”

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