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GAO: ‘Passive’ In Identifying Potential Fraud

Although the Government Accountability Office did not allege widespread cheating, investigators noted that the administration had struggled with questions of eligibility. Meanwhile, New York's health exchange reports that the number of people who are uninsured in the state has dropped by 850,000 since 2013.

The Associated Press: 'Passive' On Heading Off Fraud
With billions in taxpayer dollars at stake, the Obama administration has taken a "passive" approach to identifying potential fraud involving the president's health care law, nonpartisan congressional investigators say in a report due out Wednesday. While the Government Accountability Office stops short of alleging widespread cheating in President Barack Obama's signature program, investigators found that the administration has struggled to resolve eligibility questions affecting millions of initial applications and hundreds of thousands of consumers who were actually approved for benefits. (Alonso-Zaldivar, 2/23)

The Associated Press: NY Health Exchange Says State's Uninsured Down To 5%
The New York Health Exchange says more than 2.8 million people have signed up for Medicaid and low-cost insurance through its 2016 open enrollment that ended Jan. 31. According to state health officials, federal data show the number of uninsured New Yorkers has declined by nearly 850,000 since the exchange opened in 2013, dropping from 10 percent to 5 percent by last September. (2/24)

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