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CMS Still Stonewalling on Major Website Errors

December 5, 2013

CMS Still Stonewalling on Major Website Errors

Obamacare's enrollment numbers are getting better--a lot better, apparently. The website can handle more people. Things are looking up. But there's one big technical issue still on the radar: Errors in the information that sends to insurance companies about their new customers. We've known since the site launched that these reports, known as 834 transmissions, were riddled with mistakes. And we've heard generally from insurance companies that the error rate is improving, though not enough. But the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is still not answering questions about what the error rate is.

Refusing to release the number therefore only feeds speculation that it's still high. If that's the case, the site isn't truly fixed--and that will become apparent when people find out they're not actually covered, or that their spouse was recorded as their child, or that their premiums are different than what they were told. No matter how long CMS stonewalls reporters, if these issues aren't fixed, the enrollment process won't be working smoothly.


Sam Baker

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By Sophie Novack and Clara Ritger

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