Medicare announced today the Obamacare website was re-coding family relationships. As an example, a child might show up as a spouse.
And, sometimes the family pet was involved.
A Colorado man found out his dog had successfully signed up for Obamacare.
The Obama administration has no idea how many times this has happened.
The Washington Post reported:
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Medicare thinks it has fixed the biggest 834 bug. Medicare spokeswoman Julie Bataille spent most of this call focused on 834 transmissions — partly because of new information, and partly because reporters kept asking about it (a bit more on that later). The 834 transmissions are the files that HealthCare.gov fires off to insurance companies when someone signs up for their plans. The companies say that some of these files have come in with inaccurate information.
Bataille announced Monday that about 80 percent of those errors stemmed from “one bug that prevented a Social Security number from being included. That caused the system not to generate an 834.”
“That bug has now been fixed and [that part] is now working properly,” Bataille said, adding that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has also addressed smaller bugs, including one that caused family relationships to be coded inaccurately (a child, for example, might show up as a spouse.).
We don’t know how many inaccurate 834 transmissions went out. Three reporters — one from the Los Angeles Times, one from The Wall Street Journal and I — asked Bataille for information on how many of the 834s sent out so far have had an error. This is a question that I’ve asked on three previous calls, a point made by the Los Angeles Times’s Noam Levey as he asked for his second time.