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Watchdog Faults Slack Oversight of State Obamacare Exchanges

Posted in Affordable Care Act, Electronic Health Records, Legislation and Public Policy, Private Insurers, State Matters

A September 29 article in Bloomberg BNA’s Health Care Daily Report and other publications, “Watchdog Faults Slack Oversight of State Obamacare Exchanges,” discussed a report by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) which found a lack of oversight of state insurance exchanges by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, especially regarding patient eligibility. Day Pitney’s Eric Fader was quoted in the article.

The state exchanges, or marketplaces, were established under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Eric told Bloomberg BNA that since they have been operational only since 2014, it’s not surprising that there would be some lingering administrative issues to be resolved. “During the recent battle over the future of the ACA, and even before then, government resources that might have been devoted to improving the functioning and oversight of the exchanges were applied elsewhere,” he observed.

Eric added that the new report, plus other upcoming reviews of the exchanges as part of the OIG’s Work Plan (as discussed here), seem to be a tacit acknowledgment that the exchanges will be in existence for the foreseeable future.

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