Covered California falls short in verifying data

Jul 1, 2014 6:01 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A federal watchdog says California's new health insurance marketplace has often failed to verify important personal information and discrepancies in the applications it receives.

The U.S. Health and Human Services inspector general reported Tuesday that Covered California also failed to verify people's citizenship and legal residence, and often made mistakes when entering information from paper applications.

The findings suggest the state does not always resolve inconsistencies in people's applications. The state has enrolled 1.4 million individuals in private health plans.

The state did not entirely agree with the findings. Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee says the state does verify citizenship and legal residency and blamed the federal system for being down.

The shortcomings were highlighted in a review to determine whether people were eligible for taxpayer subsidies.

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