WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio are asking the Administration to account for the miscalculations that led to wrong information reportedly given to more than half of Americans who received subsidies for health care, causing tax problems for them.
“It is clear that the current methods used to calculate subsidy eligibility are not working,” Grassley and Portman wrote to Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell of the Department of Health and Human Services.
The senators described how the inaccurate subsidy information calculated through the federal health care website, HealthCare.gov, means a significant number of individuals have to repay the government for over-payments. Grassley and Portman asked a series of questions on whether the government is correcting subsidy calculations, what actions individuals who have received incorrect tax information should take, and whether insurers will be able to update eligibility information for individuals.
Grassley and Portman are members of the Finance Committee, with jurisdiction over taxes and most federal health care programs. Grassley is former chairman.
The text of their letter is available here.