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HHS watchdog to investigate ObamaCare subsidies, security

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The government’s top healthcare watchdog plans to amplify its focus on ObamaCare this year, with a particular focus on subsidies and the security of personal data.

The auditor’s office in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Tuesday that it will add between five and 10 investigations specifically on ObamaCare this year.

Those investigations will focus on whether healthcare customers and contractors are receiving the proper payments and that the government is protected from cyber threats, according to the Office of Inspector General’s report.

The inspector general’s office said it is also “working closely” with government health and law enforcement officials to monitor cybersecurity threats and consumer fraud incidents. A larger focus on marketplaces, where personal data is kept, is also planned.

The focus on consumer data comes after a hack of the largest insurer, Anthem, though government officials said HealthCare.gov was not directly affected.

The ObamaCare rollout has been a major focus for the HHS inspector general. The office spent 27 percent of its budget directly on the healthcare law last year, which it says will likely continue in 2015.

It will also dig into the expansion of Medicaid, the low-income insurance program that has added 10 million people to its rolls under ObamaCare.

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