[Wall Street Journal]
Government Says About One in Four Transactions in October and November Could Be Incorrect
The federal government said about one in four electronic transactions sent from HealthCare.gov to insurance companies in October and November could contain errors, raising concerns that some consumers who think they picked a health plan won’t be enrolled by Jan. 1.
The issue involves electronic files known as 834 forms, which are sent from the federal health-insurance website to insurance companies after consumers pick a plan.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees HealthCare.gov, had acknowledged problems with some forms but refused to say how many were affected.
On Friday, CMS spokeswoman Julie Bataille said recent fixes to HealthCare.gov have driven the error rate down to about one in 10 for electronic files generated since Dec. 1. For October and November, she said the error rate was about one in four.