ROME, N.Y. — Oneida County Rep. Richard L. Hanna joined with a majority of his House colleagues Thursday to approved a bill that requires those seeking subsidies through the new health care law to prove their income.
Under the new health care law, low-income individuals are eligible for premium and cost-sharing subsidies to encourage the purchase of health insurance. However, on July 5, the Department of Human and Health Services released regulatory guidance regarding many facets of the new law, including an announcement that the government would no longer verify income levels for those applying for these subsidies. The administration would rely on “self-attestation,” leaving individuals to deem themselves eligible without further verification.
The House legislation aims to prevent people from receiving health insurance subsidies under Obamacare until a better system is put in place to verify who is eligible for those subsidies.