Nov. 21 (Bloomberg) — The U.S. health secretary, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, said her agency made a mistake when it added dental-plan customers to recent figures on Obamacare enrollment.

Republicans said she owes them an explanation.

The disclosure by Burwell's department that it accidentally added 380,000 people in dental plans to enrollment figures under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act provided a new opening for critics. Rep. Darrell Issa, a California Republican and chairman of the House committee that revealed the commingling of dental and health enrollment, said Burwell needs to clarify how the error happened.

Her agency "must provide a clear and detailed account of who knew about this decision and when they knew it," Issa said.

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