WH Admits Data Corruption Problems Persist in Applications to Health Insurers

From Daily Finance:

In a statement after the meeting, the White House said, “We are collaborating very closely with the insurers to address problems we have witnessed in what are called ‘834’ forms and in direct enrollment.”

Those 834 forms contain information about individuals that insurers then use to officially enroll that person in health care coverage.

CNBC and other media outlets have extensively detailed how many if not most of the 834 forms being transmitted each night to insurers from HealthCare.gov contain corrupted or questionable data that prevents people from being enrolled quickly, or even at all. But the Obama administration to date had been vague about the specific issues plaguing HealthCare.gov.

“We haven’t seen any improvement in the 834s,” said a top executive at one of the 13 insurance companies whose CEO was at the afternoon meeting with embattled Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, White House Chief of State Denis McDonough, Director of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Marilyn Tavenner and top Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett.

“The data’s pretty bad,” the executive said. And even if the data was not corrupted, the number of enrollments the insurers are getting from HealthCare.gov is “pretty low.”

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