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IG Investigation Finds Flaws In Oversight Of Health Law Tax-Credit Payments

The report, however, notes that the administration is moving to an automated system that might help with the problem. In other health law news, a study finds the Affordable Care Act has not caused employers to move workers to part-time status and has not discouraged people from working. Also 50,000 new enrollees sign up for insurance in Washington state.

The Wall Street Journal: Health-Law Tax-Credit Payments To Insurers Questioned
The Obama administration wasn’t able to ensure that all tax-credit payments made to insurers under the health law in 2014 were on behalf of consumers who had paid their premiums, according to a federal oversight agency. However, the agency noted the Obama administration this year is moving to a new automated system that should alleviate potential problems identified in its investigation. The Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General is scheduled to release the report Wednesday. (Armour, 1/6)

The Hill: Study: ObamaCare Not Shifting Workers To Part-Time Jobs
ObamaCare has not caused employers to shift workers into part-time work, according to a new study. The study, released Tuesday in the journal Health Affairs, examines the claim made by critics of the law that employers will make more people work part-time in order to avoid having to give them health insurance. The law mandates that employers provide health insurance for people working 30 hours or more per week. This had sparked reports that some employers would cut hours to avoid paying out insurance. (Sullivan, 1/5)

The Washington Post's Wonkblog: One Of The Biggest Fears About Obamacare Never Happened
During the debate over President Obama's signature health care law, opponents warned that the law would discourage large numbers of Americans from working, force millions into part-time jobs and make it more difficult to find work. Three new studies released this week suggest that, so far, it hasn't happened. The new analyses are still early, since a key requirement of the law began to be phased in just last year, but they add to a growing body of evidence that, if the law has had any effect on the labor market, it's been a small one. (Ehrenfreund and Johnson, 1/6)

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