By Elise Viebeck - 10/18/13 02:40 PM EDT
ObamaCare's online marketplace is creating a mess for insurance companies by approving error-ridden applications, according to a report.
Among the small number of people who have successfully purchased coverage, many have filed duplicate enrollments, misreported family members or left data fields empty, insurers told The Wall Street Journal.
The defective sign-ups are the latest in a series of mounting problems for healthcare.gov, the online enrollment portal created so that millions could purchase health plans.
The flawed data received by insurance companies brings the issues to a new level and underscores the challenge facing federal health officials as they seek to repair the site.
Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerClinton maps out first 100 days The Hill's 12:30 Report Boehner on Cruz: 'Lucifer is back' MORE (R-Ohio) circulated The Wall Street Journal report Friday morning as Republicans began to turn their focus away from this week's fiscal negotiations and back toward ObamaCare's rocky rollout.
GOP lawmakers have vowed to redouble their efforts at investigating and overseeing the law's implementation now that the fight over government funding and the debt ceiling is over.
Insurers told the Journal they have been able so far to manually correct the sign-up errors, sometimes by calling individual applicants.
But this arrangement could prove unsustainable once more users are able to complete the enrollment process.
Federal health officials said they're working around the clock to fix problems on the enrollment site, and are stressing that the first open enrollment period lasts until March.