Originally posted by NAHU Newswire, June 5, 2014
Report: At Least Two Million ACA Applications Have Data Discrepancies.
The AP  (6/4, Alonso-Zaldivar) was the first to report that “at least 2 million people enrolled for taxpayer-subsidized private health insurance under the ACA have data discrepancies in their applications that, if unresolved, could affect what they pay for coverage, or even their legal right to benefits.” The article defines “discrepancy” to mean that the information supplied by the consumer “does not match what the government has on record.” The data conflicts mostly “involve important details on income, citizenship and immigration status – which affect eligibility and subsidies.” As the ABC News  (6/5, Dwyer) “The Note” blog points out, the two million figure represents “roughly one in four applicants overall.”

Politico (6/4, Cheney) reports that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services confirmed that the data provided by two million enrollees “doesn’t match up with federal records,” but “emphasized that discrepancies in people’s application data are unlikely to affect their coverage or the level of subsidies they received.”

The Hill (6/5, Viebeck) quotes CMS spokeswoman Julie Bataille, who told the AP, “The fact that a consumer has an inconsistency on their application does not mean there is a problem on their enrollment. Most of the time what that means is that there is more up-to-date information that they need to provide to us.”

Reuters (6/4, Morgan) adds that Republicans have seized upon news of the discrepancies, with Sen. Orrin Hatch saying Wednesday, “A 25 percent error rate is simply unacceptable when it comes to proper use of scarce taxpayer dollars. Even worse, today’s announcement once again illustrates how the President’s bloated health care law has left American families and taxpayers in financial limbo.”