Undercover investigators working with the Government Accountability Office found it was easy to falsify information when applying for Premium Tax Credits to help pay for health insurance.

As part of a “secret shopper” investigation, the GAO said in a preliminary report that it created 18 fictitious identities to apply for premium subsidies through the federal health insurance exchange by telephone, online at HealthCare.gov and in-person. With only one exception, the GAO investigators were able to get Premium Tax Credits and health insurance with fake information through telephone and online applications, according to a preliminary report requested by Republicans on the House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee, which held a hearing on the matter Wednesday (see Congress Probes Legitimacy of ACA Premium Tax Credits). 

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