Enrollment errors down, admin says; not so, insurers say

Enrollment errors down, admin says; not so, insurers say

The Obama administration said Saturday that it had reduced the error rate in enrollment data sent to insurance companies under the new health care law, even as insurers said that the government’s records were still riddled with mistakes.

The quality of the data is important; it could affect the ability of people to get medical care and prescription drugs when they go to doctors’ offices and pharmacies starting next month.

More than 137,000 people selected health plans in the federal insurance marketplace in October and November, and administration officials say more than 100,000 signed up in the first week of this month.

For each person who signs up, the government is supposed to send information electronically to an insurance company in a standard format known as an 834 enrollment transaction.

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