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HealthCare.gov to Tighten Eligibility Checks
The Wall Street Journal

The Obama administration is adopting verification measures to ensure that people who sign up for health insurance on the Affordable Care Act’s federal exchange outside of the enrollment period are entitled to coverage. The new measures are a response to criticism from insurers who have said people are abusing a rule that lets consumers enroll in insurance through the federal marketplace, HealthCare.gov, outside official sign-up periods if they meet certain criteria. Insurers have said the rule lets people wait until they are ill to get coverage, driving up health-care spending and premiums, and that there is insufficient oversight to verify that they are eligible.

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