Camp issues subpoena for ACA enrollment numbers

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) issued subpoenas to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to provide enrollment data for healthcare exchanges established under the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday.

Tuesday marked the second time Camp has issued a subpoena to CMS officials for the information. The first subpoena came on Nov. 1.

“Millions of Americans are receiving cancellation notices for their insurance policies, and yet the administration has failed to create and implement viable exchanges where Americans can enroll in affordable coverage,” Camp said. “Furthermore, the failure to sign up enough people, especially young Americans, will lead to an even greater increase in premiums – pushing health care out of reach for millions of Americans and shifting even higher costs onto those who already have health insurance through their job….”

Camp said corrective congressional action could be required to avert crisis if administration officials don’t take action themselves.

CMS officials said the available documents are “notes and do not reflect official enrollment-related statistics.”

The available data, CMS said, reflect “daily snapshots” that are not able to “capture missing transaction, duplicate transactions or cancellations.”

The CMS’s mention of “‘official enrollment-related statistics” is proof that the data exists, Camp said, and he demanded that it be released by Friday.