US May Be Paying Wrong ObamaCare Subsidies to 1M
Software glitch can't resolve income discrepancies: report
By Newser Editors, Newser Staff
Posted May 17, 2014 11:56 AM CDT
The HealthCare.gov website is shown on a laptop.   (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

(Newser) – More than 1 million people who enrolled in ObamaCare might be getting the wrong amount of money in their subsidies—either too high or too low—because of a big software glitch that has yet to be fixed, reports the Washington Post. It's a relatively simple problem: When they enrolled, these people reported income that is either much higher or much lower than what's on record with the IRS. When the government notices such discrepancies, it asks people to mail in pay stubs to verity their claims, but that doesn't exactly solve the matter, as the Post explains:

  • "Only a fraction have done so," says the story. "And, even when they have, the federal computer system at the heart of the insurance marketplace cannot match this proof with the application because that capability has yet to be built ..."
A similar glitch involves citizenship status. Naturalized citizens, for example, often got blocked from enrollment and were told to mail in immigration documents. But those physical documents are caught in the same kind of backlog. Click for the full story.

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Chris Farley
May 19, 2014 10:35 AM CDT
Where are the I love Obamacare folks on this comment section?
clmsadjman
May 19, 2014 9:10 AM CDT
I pay 385 a month with a 6K deductible and this is progress per the left. They are crushing the middle class for the benefit of few at the bottom. These folks couldn't even build a website that worked for 100s of billions of dollars and they want to run healthcare! The worst is yet to come wait until the employer mandate finally kicks in and these companies push their employees off on the exchanges and pay the fine.
Chris Farley
May 19, 2014 7:00 AM CDT
So do the subsidies go directly to the insurance companies to pay, or do they go to the person then the person pays the bill to the insurance company?