Warnings of ACA fraud may be overblown, observers say

07/16/2013 | Politico (Washington, D.C.)

Warnings that allowing state-run exchanges to rely on applicant-provided income information will result in rampant fraud may be overblown, some experts say. People whose estimated income is significantly lower than reported for the prior year will be asked for documentation, and people who do underestimate their income will have to pay back subsidies with the following year's tax returns. Navigators are likely to warn people about the consequences of deliberately underestimating their income, further discouraging fraud, says Tricia Brooks of the Georgetown Center for Children and Families.

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