CMS could not ensure that advance premium tax credit (APTC) payments made to qualified health plan (QHP) issuers were only for enrollees who had paid their premiums. Specifically, OIG found that CMS (1) did not have a process in place to ensure that APTC payments were made only for enrollees who had paid their monthly premiums; instead, CMS relied on each QHP issuer to verify that enrollees paid their monthly premiums and to attest that APTC payment information that the issuer reported to CMS was accurate; and (2) had sole responsibility for ensuring that APTC payments were made only for enrollees who had paid their premiums and did not share these data for enrollees with the IRS when making payments.
OIG determined that CMS’s processes limited its ability to ensure that APTC payments made to QHP issuers were only for enrollees who had made their premium payments. Without processes for ensuring that APTC payments are made on behalf of enrollees who had paid their premiums, Federal funds may be at risk.
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