8,000 health applicants given wrong tax credit

8,000 health applicants given wrong tax credit

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8,000 health applicants given wrong tax credit

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by DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP / Associated Press

KREM.com

Posted on October 25, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 25 at 4:53 PM

SEATTLE  -- Officials say that 8,000 health insurance applicants erroneously qualified for higher tax credits because of a system error in Washington state's new exchange.

Richard Onizuka, CEO for the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, said Friday the system error was uncovered and corrected this week. The problem was traced to an inconsistency in file formats that were being shared between the state's exchange and federal data.

The health exchange says that no payments have yet been processed and that applicants affected are being notified

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