Report: HealthCare.gov 'passive' on heading off fraud
WASHINGTON - Congressional investigators say the Obama administration has taken a "passive" approach to identifying potential fraud involving the president's health care law.
In a report released today, the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office stopped short of alleging widespread cheating in President Barack Obama's signature program. But 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.
The report says the agency administering the health law - the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services - "has assumed a passive approach to identifying and preventing fraud."
Release of the report came as the House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing on the Department of Health and Human Services budget.
Asked about the report at the hearing, HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell said her department takes "very seriously" the issue of making sure the right people get taxpayer subsidies.
Republicans on the committee say the report "raises many red flags."