AFIRM Act to expedite Medicare appeals estimated by CBO to cost $1.7B

February 17, 2016

The Audit & Appeals Fairness, Integrity, and Reforms in Medicare Act (AFIRM Act) of 2015 would cost $1.7 billion over the next ten years if it is passed in 2016, the CBO estimated in its report. In addition to the $1.7 billion, tangential costs of $35 million would hit taxpayers over the same decade, CBO said. Much of the money would go toward claims hearings and appeals activities, including the development of an expedited appeals process and a Medicare magistrate program to review small claims cases.