The Hill: GOP senators request new ObamaCare figures

Posted on August 27, 2014

Republican senators are asking the Obama administration for an update on how many people are enrolled in ObamaCare.

Sens. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) on Wednesday wrote to Marilyn Tavenner, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), seeking an update on how many people are covered under the healthcare law ahead of the second enrollment period that starts in November.

“With the next open enrollment period set to begin on November 15, 2014, it is imperative that CMS provide Congress and the public with accurate information about the number of people who are enrolled in exchange coverage as well as the number of people who have cancelled coverage,” the lawmakers wrote.

In May, the Department of Health and Human Services reported a late surge in sign-ups pushed ObamaCare enrollments to over 8 million people. Republicans are skeptical of the figure and have suggested the total was inflated.

Congressional investigations over the summer uncovered flaws in the process that CMS uses to verify ObamaCare eligibility, and the administration has warned 300,000 people they could lose their coverage unless they provide documentation proving their citizenship or immigration status.

Barrasso and Alexander asked the centers to provide updated information on how many people had signed up for health insurance through the exchanges as of Aug. 15.

They also want data on how many people have paid for their insurance plans and continue to do so, and how many people lost coverage after not paying their premiums.