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GAO: Government Must Crack Down On Health Law Subsidy Fraud

An extensive investigation found that, as of last April, almost a half-million people were able to obtain subsidies for insurance purchased on the federal marketplace, despite having inconsistencies in their applications. In other health law news, Wyoming's ACA enrollment numbers continue to climb.

Reuters: U.S. Must Combat Fraud In Federal Health Marketplace -- GAO
The federal government should do more to prevent people from fraudulently obtaining health insurance subsidies under the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in testimony to the Senate Finance Committee. The testimony, delivered on Thursday in person and in writing by GAO spokesman Seto Bagdoyan, caps an extensive investigation by the GAO which found that, as of last April, about 431,000 people were still allowed to receive subsidies for insurance purchased through the federal exchange in 2014 despite possible inconsistencies in their applications. (3/17)

The Associated Press: Wyoming Enrollment In Affordable Care Act Program Climbs
The number of Wyoming residents registered for subsidized health insurance under the federal Affordable Care Act continues to climb. Wyoming Insurance Commissioner Tom Glause said this week that 23,770 people registered for coverage through the federal health insurance marketplace by the Jan. 31 open enrollment deadline. That's up from about 21,000 who registered last year. (Neary, 3/17)

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