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Treasury IG Says IRS Eligibility Data Was 99.9% Accurate

From Reuters:

U.S. watchdog gives IRS high marks on Obamacare eligibility data

By David Morgan | August 5, 2014

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Internal Revenue Service has provided nearly accurate information on eligibility data for consumers who sought subsidized health coverage through Obamacare’s private insurance exchanges, a federal watchdog said on Tuesday.

A report released by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration said data on consumer income and family size that the IRS sent to healthcare exchanges last October was accurate in 99.97 percent of cases.

The data was used to determine whether insurance applicants were eligible to purchase coverage through the exchanges during an initial six-month open enrollment period, which ended in March.

The report also said the agency’s accuracy rate stood at 100 percent when it came to calculating federal tax credits that help cover insurance premiums for families earning up to 400 percent of the federal poverty line, or $95,400 per year for a family of four…

This is interesting because just last month we were told by the IG for HHS that there were 2.9 million "inconsistencies" in the Obama-Care subsidy applications.

And those inconsistencies were blamed on ‘data flaws,’ including data flaws from the IRS. (And not illegal aliens and other trying to cheat the system.)

From last month, via the Associated Press:

Report: Health law sign-ups dogged by data flaws

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | July 1, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — … A government watchdog said Tuesday the Obama administration faces a huge task resolving these "inconsistencies" and in some cases didn’t follow its own procedures for verifying eligibility.

[HHS’s] inspector general found that key personal details submitted by many consumers — such as annual income and citizenship — do not match records the government has on file. It also found shortcomings in the internal safeguards used by the federal insurance exchange and some state marketplaces to check the accuracy of consumer information…

The inspector general found that the federal insurance exchange reported a total of 2.9 million inconsistencies with consumer data from Oct. 1, 2013 through Feb. 23 of this year…

2.9 million bogus applications out of 8 million signups? What an honest country we have.

Most discrepancies dealt with citizenship and income information supplied by consumers that conflicted with what the federal government has on record.

The inspector general said efforts by the administration and states to clear up questions were complicated by lingering computer problems, including outages at the federal data hub, a key system that pings agencies like Social Security and the Internal Revenue Service for verification…

The IRS with the great record of determining eligibility.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, August 6th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Treasury IG Says IRS Eligibility Data Was 99.9% Accurate”

  1. Stunning information. Then you won’t mind an independent Outside Investigation of the Inspector .. an Investigator who has police powers ..

  2. BannedbytheTaliban

    As pure a Dove soap.

  3. Rusty Shackleford

    “… and in some cases didn’t follow its own procedures for verifying eligibility.”

    Really?

    REALLY?!

    I’m shocked. SHOCKED I tell you.

    Why…where is the system of checks and balances?

    Who’s going to hold these people responsible?

    When do I get my free cellphone?


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