Federal health officials are warning almost 94,000 people in Florida that they must prove they are U.S. citizens or legal immigrants in order to remain eligible for insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
The targeted consumers are part of a group of 310,000 newly insured people around the country who have not responded to requests from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for documents that would establish their claim of legal residency, a condition of eligibility for the tax-supported healthcare marketplaces.
Over the past few weeks, HHS officials have used letters, e-mails and telephone calls to ask enrolees to send supporting documents in order to maintain their coverage. A new round of communications is being launched, officials said, and the coverage of policyholders who do not respond by Sept. 5 will expire at the end of September.
“We want as many consumers as possible to remain enrolled in marketplace coverage, so we are giving these individuals a last chance to submit their documents before their coverage through the marketplace will end,” said Marilyn B. Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.