Report: Obama administration struggles to resolve "inconsistencies" in health law sign-ups

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / The Associated Press
July 1, 2014 06:44 AM

FILE - This May 14, 2014 file photo shows then-Health and Human Service Secretary nominee Sylvia Mathews Burwell testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Obama administration has been struggling to clear up data discrepancies that could potentially jeopardize coverage for millions under the health overhaul, the government’s health care fraud watchdog reported Tuesday. The Health and Human Services inspector general said the administration was not able to resolve 2.6 million so-called “inconsistencies” out of a total of 2.9 million such problems in the federal insurance exchange from October through December, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

WASHINGTON - The U.S. government's health care fraud watchdog says the Obama administration has been struggling to clear up data discrepancies that could potentially jeopardize coverage for millions under the president' health care overhaul.

The inspector general of the Health and Human Services department says in a report released Tuesday that the administration was unable to resolve 2.6 million so-called "inconsistencies" out of 2.9 million such problems from October through December, 2013.

The report says that most of the problems dealt with citizenship and income information supplied by consumers that conflicted with what the federal government had on record.

It's the first independent look at a festering behind-the-scenes issue that could turn into another health law headache for the White House.

The report said the government's eligibility system was not fully functional.


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