UT-San Diego: Covered CA: 98K face losing coverage

Exchange says nearly 100,000 have not yet proven immigration status

Literature about the Covered California health insurance exchange. / photo by Nelvin C. Cepeda * U-T
Literature about the Covered California health insurance exchange. / photo by Nelvin C. Cepeda * U-T 

About 98,000 California families must verify their immigration status by Sept. 30 or lose their health coverage, the state’s insurance exchange announced Thursday.

In a statement, Covered California, which sold nearly 1.4 million policies in late 2013 and early 2014, said that nearly 100,000 families provided inconsistent documentation during the application process and “will need to submit documents showing they are lawfully present in the United States as U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals or individuals with eligible immigration status.”

Those who do not get the job done by the end of the month “risk termination of health coverage.”

The pain could also be financial. About 90 percent of all Covered California policy holders received a subsidy from the government that is also at risk of refund.

“If you have received tax credits, and your health insurance is canceled, you may have to repay those tax credits. If your health insurance is canceled, you may also have to pay a tax penalty,” said Peter Lee, Covered California’s executive director, in Thursday’s statement.

The Affordable Care Act, which requires most Americans to get coverage or pay a tax penalty in 2015, mandates that all who buy policies through exchanges be “lawfully present” residents. 

Continue here: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/sep/04/covered-ca-immigration/

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