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CMS Propped Up Obamacare Enrollment Total With Dental Plans | The Daily Caller

Didn't meet its first-year enrollment goal

The Obama administration included 400,000 dental plans in its first-year Obamacare enrollment totals without acknowledging that it wasn’t full health insurance, falsely pushing the final number past the administration’s enrollment target.

The actual enrollment total: 6.7 million, not quite meeting the seven million goal provided by the Congressional Budget Office.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services head Marilyn Tavenner announced in September that 7.3 million Americans were still enrolled in health coverage through Obamacare exchanges nationwide. But according to a report from Bloomberg, that data didn’t distinguish between medical and dental insurance plans, which departed from CMS’ usual practice without any acknowledgment.

Had the agency separated out the dental plans as usual, it would have had to admit that Obamacare enrollment has fallen below its target, investigators for the House Oversight and Government Reform committee told Bloomberg. The combination hid the fact that over one million health insurance customers had already dropped their coverage.

The CBO had originally projected that Obamacare exchanges would attract seven million customers in its first open enrollment period, although it shifted that estimate down to six million after problems arose with HealthCare.gov and state exchanges. Including the dental plans after sign-ups had dropped plans made it possible for the Obama administration to continue to say that it had met the goal.

It’s a clear departure from the administration’s policy. Health and Human Services released its last detailed enrollment report in May and ceased making regular enrollment updates backed up by data afterwards. But the May report separated medical and dental plans, reporting eight million sign-ups for health insurance and 1.1 million for dental coverage.

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