HealthCare.gov is having trouble transmitting data to state Medicaid agencies to verify that consumers are eligible for the program under Obamacare.
TPM reported Tuesday on the problem. A CMS official said that the automatic data transfer process is not yet fully functional, so Medicaid enrollment numbers through the federal website have not been finalized.
The Washington Post confirmed with Matt Salo, executive director of the National Association of Medicaid Directors, that some of the files that states are receiving from HealthCare.gov have errors or missing information. The Obama administration sent a letter to state Medicaid directors, saying that they wouldn’t be penalized for enrolling people who aren’t actually eligible based on that wrong information.
The problem is similar to the bad data files that some private health insurance companies have complained they are receiving from the website. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the insurance industry’s top lobbying group and the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Association issued a joint statement Wednesday that said they were working together to resolve that issue.