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Nearly 100 arrested for Medicare scams

WASHINGTON — Nearly 100 people, including 14 doctors and nurses, were charged for their alleged roles in separate Medicare scams that collectively billed the taxpayer-funded program for roughly $223 million in bogus charges in a massive bust spanning eight cities, federal authorities said Tuesday.

It was the latest in a string of similar announcements by Kathleen Sebelius, Health and Human Services secretary, and Attorney General Eric Holder as federal authorities crack down on fraud that is believed to cost the program between $60 billion and $90 billion each year. Stopping Medicare’s budget from hemorrhaging that money will be key to paying for President Obama’s health care overhaul. Sebelius and Holder partnered in 2009 to increase enforcement by allocating more money and staff and creating strike forces in fraud hot spots around the country.

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