managers have a problem with dead people.

Officials at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), an agency that helps Congress keeps tabs on the executive branch of the federal government, have reported that finding in a review of application, enrollment and eligibility-verification operations for the 2015 plan year.

When GAO investigators looked at records for 8 million people who received federal premium subsidies in 2015, they found that a total of about 19,000 of the subsidy users, or about one in 420 subsidy users, died sometime between filing an exchange application and the end of 2015.

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, ThinkAdvisor's insurance editor, previously was LifeHealthPro's health insurance editor. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @Think_Allison.