GOP senators press Burwell on GAO report

Republican Senators are pressing Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia BurwellSylvia Mary Mathews BurwellPrice was a disaster for HHS — Time for an administrator, not an ideologue Overnight Healthcare: GOP chairman to introduce pre-existing condition bill ObamaCare enrollment hits 11.5M for 2017 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.

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Sens. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanSenate moving ahead with border bill, despite Trump 13 GOP senators ask administration to pause separation of immigrant families Lawmakers, businesses await guidance on tax law MORE (R-Ohio), Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyGrassley wants to subpoena Comey, Lynch after critical IG report Senate Dems call for Judiciary hearing on Trump's 'zero tolerance' Republicans agree — it’s only a matter of time for Scott Pruitt MORE (R-Iowa) and Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchOn The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Senators hammers Ross on Trump tariffs | EU levies tariffs on US goods | Senate rejects Trump plan to claw back spending Senators hammer Ross over Trump tariffs Top Finance Dem wants panel to investigate Trump Foundation 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.