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Since the sign-up period began on November 1st, slightly more than 4.1 million people have enrolled in 2019 plans—a significant decline in comparison with previous years.
The update was totally unrelated to the report, a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services spokesman says.
A Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services spokesman says the scrubbing was part of "routine updates and maintenance."
The scrubbing is part of a larger effort to weaken the Affordable Care Act, according to one health policy expert.
Though various mentions of it have disappeared from government webpages, the Affordable Care Act remains in effect.
Ten states are seeking to introduce waivers, requiring that Medicaid beneficiaries maintain regular employment in order to continue to receive benefits.
New data on drug and device company payments to doctors largely excludes nurse practitioners and physician assistants, though they play an ever-larger role in health care. One advanced-practice nurse pleaded guilty last month to taking drug company kickbacks.
The move follows an investigation showing that Medicare did little to find dangerous prescribing by doctors to seniors and the disabled. It is also part of the government’s new push to bring transparency to taxpayer-supported medical care.
The findings by the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services complement a recent review that found many doctors bill for services very differently than their peers.