The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services aren’t doingenough to prevent customers from cheating Obamacare, states a newreport from the Government Accountability Office.

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Of 12 GAO agents posing as fictional applicants for insurance,11 were able to acquire subsidized health plans throughhealthcare.gov in 2014.

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Worse, all of those who obtained insurance were ableto keep their insurance throughout the entire year by sending infraudulent documentation or no documentation at all.

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“CMS has not performed a comprehensive fraud risk assessment--arecommended best practice--of the PPACA enrollment and eligibilityprocess,” said the report. “Until such an assessment is done, CMSis unlikely to know whether existing control activities aresuitably designed and implemented to reduce inherent fraud risk toan acceptable level.”

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The red flag from the GAO will no doubt draw renewed criticismsof PPACA from Republicans, as well as from insurers that havecomplained that the system is vulnerable to exploitation from thosewho seek to buy insurance only when they need medicaltreatment.

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Insurers have said that the administration has been allowing fartoo many to enroll using “special enrollment periods.” Those whosign up for insurance during such periods tend to be moreexpensive, insurers have claimed.

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In addition to requesting more vigilance from the Obamaadministration, a number of insurers have said they will not pay brokers’ commissionsfor such customers directed to their plans.

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In trying to reduce fraud, CMS faces the risk of cracking downso hard that many deserving applicants will be denied care. Lastyear, for instance, some alleged that many eligible customers wererejected because they could not prove their citizenshipstatus.

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Nevertheless, CMS announced last month a series of restrictionson special enrollment periods.

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