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The Rush Is On: Process Immigrant Paperwork To Keep Them Insured

The Wall Street Journal reports on reaction to the Obama administration's announcement that coverage would be cut off for as many as 310,000 people if they don't prove they are citizens or legal residents by Sept. 5. Other news outlets offer local takes on the issue. 

The Wall Street Journal: Health Law Spurs Paperwork Crunch
Backers of the health-care law say they are rushing to make sure tens of thousands of people provide more documents to prove they are in the U.S. legally and therefore entitled to the coverage they obtained through HealthCare.gov. Immigrant advocates say they felt the Obama administration moved hastily ... The federal government is taking the steps to comply with a requirement in the health law that bars unauthorized immigrants from using the online exchanges to shop for coverage, as well as from receiving federal tax credits to offset the cost of premiums  (Radnofsky, 8/13).

Des Moines Register: Obamacare Officials Ask 700 Iowans For Citizenship Proof
About 700 Iowans could lose their government-subsidized health insurance next month unless they send in documents proving they are citizens or legal immigrants, federal officials said today. The issue affects people who purchased private insurance policies via healthcare.gov, which is a key part of the Affordable Care Act. ... About 29,000 Iowans obtained health insurance this year via healthcare.gov, including nearly 25,000 who received subsidies (Leys, 8/13).

The Arizona Republic: Immigration Status Jeopardizes Obamacare Coverage For 6,600 Arizonans
The federal government sent letters this week to 6,600 Arizona residents who must clear up questions about their citizenship or immigration status or they could lose their Affordable Care Act health insurance next month. ... These people have not responded to repeated attempts to reach them by mail, phone or e-mail, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Alltucker, 8/13).

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