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Capitol Health Call
October 8, 2014

Senators Press for Health Insurance Exchange Enrollment Numbers

JAMA. 2014;312(14):1389. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.13713

Two Republican senators have asked the Obama administration to update information about the number of people who have enrolled in Obamacare exchange coverage. May 1 was the last public update on enrollment numbers by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Sen John Barrasso (R, Wyo) and Sen Lamar Alexander (R, Tenn) wrote in an August 27 letter to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner (http://1.usa.gov/1olcITE).

“Since the last enrollment report issued by CMS, numerous investigations raise questions about the accuracy of the enrollment figures trumpeted by the Administration in May,” Barrasso and Alexander wrote. “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.”

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