Holes in the Affordable Care Act are allowing some Americans to fraudulently receive redundant payments, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) warns.
According to The Hill
, the GAO found some people are enrolled both in Medicaid and private coverage through Affordable Care Act marketplaces, meaning the government may be paying them twice.
The Obama administration insists there are checks in place to stop fraud and people have nothing to gain from having to pay new premiums and deductibles if they try to double dip, The Hill reports.
"It's important to consider whether it's likely that uninsured Americans would replicate the next actions the GAO took, namely knowingly and willfully providing false information in violation of federal law, which could subject the individual to up to a $250,000 fine," a Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman told the website.
Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a Tennessee Republican, believes the Obama administration is being careless in pursuing those who try to commit fraud because it is focused on increasing enrollment.
"It was really get the numbers up, so they’ve really thrown the door open for fraud," she told The Hill.
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