Whoops! Insurers Getting Flawed Data From Obamacare Exchanges

More technological problems with the Obamacare exchange websites are cropping up. The Wall Street Journal reports that insurers are receiving flawed data, making it difficult for them to process the “trickle” of enrollees that are coming in.

Insurers say the federal health-care marketplace is generating flawed data that is straining their ability to handle even the trickle of enrollees who have gotten through so far, in a sign that technological problems extend further than the website traffic and software issues already identified.

Emerging errors include duplicate enrollments, spouses reported as children, missing data fields and suspect eligibility determinations, say executives at more than a dozen health plans. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Nebraska said it had to hire temporary workers to contact new customers directly to resolve inaccuracies in submissions. Medical Mutual of Ohio said one customer had successfully signed up for three of its plans.

The flaws could do lasting damage to the law if customers are deterred from signing up or mistakenly believe they have obtained coverage.

“The longer this takes to resolve…the harder it will be to get people to [come back and] sign up,” said Aetna Inc. Chief Executive Mark Bertolini. “It’s not off to a great start,” he said, though he believes the marketplaces are “here to stay.” (Read More)

Another insurer said they took an automated process and made it manual. So far only 1/4 of those trying to enroll have completed the process. I guess that’s a good thing, or these insurers wouldn’t be able to keep up.

Some of the insurers they spoke to did so anonymously because the administration is pressuring them not to speak publicly about the problems. But what do you expect from the people who failed to hire or consult with outside experts because of political reasons?