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House to debate exchange reporting bill

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Republicans now want the Obama administration to publish detailed exchange activity reports every week.

The House Rules Committee plans to come up with the rules for debating an exchange activity reporting bill, H.R. 3363, Wednesday.

Reps. Lee Terry, R-Omaha, Neb., and Bill Cassidy, R-La., introduced the bill in November, after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published its first batch of exchange activity data.

Managers of many state-based exchanges began reporting activity data around Oct. 1, when the first exchange open enrollment period began.

Terry said when he and Cassidy introduced the bill, he thought HHS put off releasing data because, the HHS federal exchange enrollment website, had brought in only 26,794 private plan enrollees.

“It is irresponsible to hide and delay poor enrollment data,” Terry said.

The bill calls for HHS to work with other federal and state agencies to create the weekly exchange reports.

The reports would have to provide a state-by-state breakdown of the number of unique website visits, the number of Web chat logins, the number of individuals who create exchange accounts, the number of people who enroll in Medicaid plans, the number of people who enroll in commercial “qualified health plans,” and the number of enrollees in each ZIP code, the level of coverage obtained.

A section on website problems would have to describe any problems, the actions taken to address them, the names of the contractors involved, the cost of website repairs, the funding for website repairs, and the names of federal officials associated with overseeing the repairs.

The website problems would have to give details about the nature of the problems, such as whether the problems involved website login, transfers to the state Medicaid site, or subsidy calculations.

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