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
US May Be Paying Wrong ObamaCare Subsidies to 1M
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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. (More ObamaCare stories.)

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