Health law sign-ups dogged by data discrepancies, report says

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks on the Affordable Care Act in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building December 3, 2013 in Washington, DC. (File) (Win McNamee, Getty Images)
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks on the Affordable Care Act in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building December 3, 2013 in Washington, DC. (File) (Win McNamee, Getty Images)
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Updated: 7/01 2:00 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's health care fraud watchdog said Tuesday that the Obama administration has been struggling to clear up data discrepancies -- that could potentially jeopardize coverage for millions under the new health care law.

In a report Tuesday, the inspector general of the Health and Human Services department said the administration was unable to resolve 2.6 million so-called "inconsistencies" out of a total of 2.9 million such problems from October through December 2013.

The report said that most of the problems dealt with citizenship and income information supplied by consumers that conflicted with what the federal government had on record.

It's the first independent look at a festering behind-the-scenes issue that could turn into another health law headache for the White House.

The report said the government's eligibility system was not fully functional.

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