More than 10,000 living in Illinois may lose their ‘Obamacare’ health insurance due to lack of documentation

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Approximately 310,000 people who bought health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, including more than 10,000 in Illinois, are in danger of losing it next month if they do not provide proof that they are living in the United States legally, the Obama administration is warning.

The administration says it has been trying through mail, email and phone to resolve questions about the eligibility of hundreds of thousands of people who signed up for private health plans through the new insurance exchanges and qualified for federal subsidies to help with the cost. Most of the discrepancies involve citizenship, immigration status or income, the New York Times reports.

Consumers who have not yet responded must act now and submit supporting documents by Sept. 5 or their insurance coverage will end on Sept. 30, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said.

“The good news is that many have responded — we’ve closed about 450,000 of these cases and have an additional 210,000 cases in progress,”CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner said. “However, some still have not responded.”

Letters were sent out yesterday to those 310,000 who have not responded. In Illinois, 10,300 people were contacted, according to the federal government.

Those receiving this letter should log into their account and select their current application to upload their documents. They can also mail their information to the London, KY address. To ensure timely processing, consumers mailing in a copy of their documents should include the bar code page from the notice with their documents.

Consumers may also contact the call center at 1-800-318-2596   to see what documents they need to submit and see whether the Marketplace has received their information.

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