GOP senators press Burwell on GAO report

Republican Senators are pressing Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia BurwellSylvia Mathews BurwellOvernight Healthcare: McConnell unveils new Zika package | Manchin defends daughter on EpiPens | Bill includes M for opioid crisis Insurance executives ask for changes to ObamaCare Obama meets with insurance CEOs on health law MORE to take action in response to a Government Accountability Officer report that found problems with the healthcare law’s enrollment system.

GAO officials were able to sign 11 fictitious people up for the health exchanges using fake immigration and income documents, and were able to receive government subsidies on their plans.

Sens. Rob PortmanRob PortmanSenate rivals gear up for debates Funding bill includes million for opioid crisis Senate panel approves pension rescue for coal miners MORE (R-Ohio), Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleySenate rivals gear up for debates Grassley pulling away from Dem challenger Overnight Finance: McConnell offers 'clean' funding bill | Dems pan proposal | Flint aid, internet measure not included | More heat for Wells Fargo | New concerns on investor visas MORE (R-Iowa) and Orrin HatchOrrin HatchInternet companies dominate tech lobbying Senate panel approves pension rescue for coal miners Overnight Tech: GOP says internet fight isn't over | EU chief defends Apple tax ruling | Feds roll out self-driving car guidelines | Netflix's China worries MORE (R-Utah) in a Wednesday letter to Burwell said the incident was troubling and highlights problems with the enrollment system.

They asked what actions Burwell intends to take to address the findings.

The GAO report is only the latest bad news for the HHS application verification system.

Several HHS Office of Inspector General reports have found problems with the system, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has admitted a million people may be at risk of paying back a portion of their subsidies because they were ineligible for them.

The administration argues that despite problems verifying people’s income and citizenship status when the exchanges were launched, they are catching up and fixing the problems.