Obamacare Site Still Has Big Problems
A week away from the administration's self-imposed deadline to fix HealthCare.gov, the site is still struggling with major problems. People in and close to the insurance industry say there's still about a 5 percent error rate in the information the site submits to insurance companies about the people who use it to pick an insurance plan. And they say that's too high for comfort.
The site's front-end problems--the bad user experience--have gotten more attention. But as states like California show, people will come back to the health care marketplaces once they're functional. That's good news for the administration on its face, but could turn into a major headache if the site's back-end problems aren't also fixed by the end of this month. Right now, insurers are getting only a trickle of bad information--little enough they can sort through it basically by hand.
But if the site's user experience truly is fixed, and people start using the site in large numbers, insurers could be flooded with bad information that they'll have to sort out later--meaning another round of headlines about HealthCare.gov, even after it was ostensibly fixed, spitting out incorrect information about income, subsidy eligibility, and perhaps even the premiums consumers will have to pay.
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By Sophie Novack and Clara Ritger
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