The Obama administration is struggling to resolve health insurance data discrepancies that could jeopardize coverage for millions, according to a watchdog report on the still-rocky implementation of ObamaCare.
Though the system’s troubles have faded from the headlines since the problem-plagued launch last October, a report from the inspector general of the Health and Human Services department provided the first independent look at widespread problems the government is having effectively fact-checking the information applicants are putting in the system when seeking insurance and subsidies.
According to the report, the administration was unable to resolve 2.6 million so-called “inconsistencies” out of a total of 2.9 million such problems from October through December, 2013.
The government needs to determine applicants’ eligibility in order to verify they can enroll and, in some cases, get government subsidies. Without that step, coverage could be jeopardized. And according to the report, those running the federal marketplace are having trouble resolving problems “even if applicants submitted appropriate documentation.”
“The Federal marketplace was generally incapable of resolving most inconsistencies,” the report said, claiming the government could not resolve 89 percent of the problems.
And of the roughly 330,000 cases that could be straightened out, the administration had only actually resolved about 10,000 during the period of the inspector general’s audit. That worked out to less than 1 percent of the total.
The report said that most of the problems dealt with citizenship and income information supplied by consumers that conflicted with what the federal government had on record.
The report said the government’s eligibility system was not fully functional.
“Not fully functional”? LOL – that’s understatement of the decade, and not just when it comes to Obamacare …