Health Coverage to End Without Proof of Citizenship

The Wall Street Journal announced mid-August that the Obama administration would cancel health insurance for nearly 310,000 people if they couldn’t provide proof of U.S. Citizenship by September 5, 2014.

According to the article, officials at The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will have insurers terminate the plans starting September 30th.

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Millions of users complained about the difficulty of using the website last fall. Many user applications didn’t match the data the federa

l government had on file. Nearly 150,000 of the 310,000 people receiving the warning of insurance termination reside in Texas or Florida.

Ron Pollack, head of the Families USA advocacy group, is concerned about the short deadlines.

“You want to make sure that  of the Families USA advocacy group, is concerned about the short deadlines.

those people are not cut off just because of some paper problems that exist within the federal government. I would err on the side of caution in terms of cutting anyone off. People who have not responded so far probably think they’ve done everything they needed to do.”

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Contrarily, Leonardo Cuello, director of health reform for the National Health Law Program, believes applicants have been given adequate time to turn in their missing information and the government is being reasonable in terminating the insurance plans.

“At the end of the day, we have to appreciate that they’re striking a balance,” Cuello said.

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