The U.S. government cannot verify 2.6 million eligibility requirements submitted by some of the eight million people who have signed up for health insurance subsidies on the Obamacare federal exchange, according to a report by the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) inspector general (IG).
“The Federal marketplace was unable to resolve 2.6 million of 2.9 million inconsistencies because the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) eligibility system was not fully operational,” the 32-page IG report stated.
The “inconsistencies” were found on applications submitted to the federal exchange under the Affordable Care Act between Oct. 1, 2013 and the end of February 2014, the IG reported.
An applicant accessing the “one-stop” Healthcare.gov federal exchange website “must submit and attest to information such as Social Security number, income, citizenship status, and number of dependents” under penalty of perjury.
By law, this information is supposed to be verified through the Federal Data Hub, which links HHS with the Internal Revenue Service, the Social Security Administration, and the Department of Homeland Security.