ObamaCare Set to Dump 115K From Rolls

They've failed to prove they're citizens or legal immigrants: officials
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 16, 2014 6:44 AM CDT
ObamaCare Set to Dump 115K From Rolls
The HealthCare.gov website is shown on a laptop in Washington on March 31, 2014.   (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

Some 115,000 people who haven't proven they're citizens or legal immigrants are due to lose their coverage under ObamaCare at the end of the month, the administration says. They were asked several times to provide documentation showing their eligibility but haven't done so, says a rep for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Advocates for those poised to lose their coverage say that many have tried unsuccessfully to send in relevant documents, either by mail or through the ObamaCare website, the New York Times reports. "It is unduly harsh to terminate coverage while there are still technical problems with the federal system for verifying citizenship and immigration status," says an analyst.

If those affected are able to send in the documents in the future, their coverage could be restored. Meanwhile, another 363,000 people whose incomes the White House couldn't confirm—through tax returns, for instance—may lose financial support for their health coverage. Many would then be unable to pay for coverage, the Times notes. They'll be asked to provide proof of income before Sept. 30 in order to continue receiving financial help. Those facing lost subsidies and those at risk of losing coverage make up some 10% of those who enrolled in federal health marketplaces, the Los Angeles Times reports. (More ObamaCare stories.)

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