You might remember that the Washington Post’s Sarah Kliff was one of the reporters on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services conference call Monday. She asked four times (without an answer) what the 834 transmission error rate was. “834” forms contain the personal information for individuals who have signed up for health insurance and the details on their plan choices; in other words, the information insurers need to insure them.
Today, an administration official revealed to The New Republic’s Jonathan Cohn that the error rate is now estimated at 10 percent, down from 25 percent in October.
Yeah, it is pretty bad. At best, an error rate of one in ten files should amount to hundreds of thousands of erroneous files, which could lead to some nasty surprises as Americans head to the doctor in January with their new Obamacare plans.
Wasn’t this all supposed to have been fixed by now?