We’ve previously discussed that income, citizenship, or immigration data cannot be reconciled for one quarter of Obamacare beneficiaries.
Well, it appears that the IRS (which pays tax credits to insurers based on the income and family size of people who enroll) has its act together, according to a July audit:
Our review of the IRS’s response to 101,018 IFSV (income and family size verification) information requests received by the IRS between October 1, 2013, and October 4, 2013, showed that the IRS provided accurate responses for 100,985 (99.97 percent) of the 101,018 requests based on the information furnished by the Exchange. We identified 33 requests for which the information contained in the CDR (Coverage Data Repository) did not reflect the most current name control for an individual for whom the Exchange was requesting information from the IRS. A name control is the first four letters in an individual’s last name, e.g., the name control for Smith would be SMIT. As a result, the IRS incorrectly notified the Exchange that it could not provide tax information for these individuals because the IRS was unable to match the name on the application to name control information maintained in the CDR. Our analysis of taxpayer account information for the individuals in these 33 requests showed that there was not a mismatch between the name provided by the Exchange and the name information contained in the individual’s tax account.
So, are Obamacare’s data problems solved? By no means: The critical term in the passage is “based on information furnished by the Exchange.” In other words: Garbage In, Garbage Out.