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800,000 people affected by HealthCare.gov tax problem – HHS

Around 800,000 people who applied for health care insurance through the national marketplace have received a tax form that contained incorrect information, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) said on Friday, urging those affected to wait with filing their federal income taxes.

The vast majority of people who enrolled in a plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace for 2014 have received a correct tax form, but about 800,000 people did not. "Some forms included the monthly premium amount of the second lowest cost Silver plan for 2015 instead of 2014, which needs to be corrected," according to a blog post on HealthCare.gov.

Katie Hill, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, confirmed the figures. "I'll note that it's less than 1 percent of tax filers," she added. But while the issue affects only a very small number of total tax filers, it affects about one-fifth of tax filers who used HealthCare.gov last year and received a tax credit.

"We're working quickly to resolve this and any other issues with the 1095-A forms. This does not mean that your tax credit was incorrect; this is purely an error in what was printed on the form," the blog post added. "If your form is affected by this issue, you’ll get a call and email from us in the next few days, and you will get a message in your Marketplace account here on HealthCare.gov."

"If your form was incorrect, please wait to file your 2014 Federal income taxes," the blog post urged.

Corrected tax forms are expected to be available by early March and will be provided through the HealthCare.gov website. Additional information will be provided in the coming days for those people who have already used the incorrect information to file their federal income taxes.

The HealthCare.gov website - part of Obamacare - has repeatedly suffered from lengthy outages and other problems.

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