Data Discrepancies Could Affect Health Coverage of 2.1M Newly Insured

The health coverage of at least 2.1 million people who enrolled in subsidized insurance coverage through the federally administered website could be affected by data discrepancies in their insurance applications, according to an Associated Press report.

A data discrepancy in an application means the information the individual supplied on their application does not match the information the government has on record. Most of the discrepancies concern income details and citizenship and immigration status, according to the report.

About 1.2 million people have inconsistencies related to income, approximately 505,000 have discrepancies with immigration data and about 461,000 have inaccuracies concerning citizenship information.

If the data discrepancies go unresolved, it could affect what the individuals pay for health insurance coverage and possibly their legal right to obtain the insurance coverage, according to the report.

Many of the inconsistencies are due to information in the government system being outdated. Affected individuals will receive a request from HHS electronically or in the mail asking them to verify inconsistent information, according to the report. 

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