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Thousands of Arizonans at Risk of Losing ACA Health Coverage

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PHOTO: Over 6,000 Arizonans, along with thousands of others across the country, are at risk of losing their health coverage through the Affordable Care Act due to errors and missing information on their applications. Photo credit: The White House.
PHOTO: Over 6,000 Arizonans, along with thousands of others across the country, are at risk of losing their health coverage through the Affordable Care Act due to errors and missing information on their applications. Photo credit: The White House.
 By Troy WildeContact
August 26, 2014

PHOENIX - Thousands of Arizonans and thousands more across the U.S. are at risk of losing their health coverage through the Affordable Care Act, all due to inaccurate or incomplete document information.

The federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) says it sent out notices to several hundred thousand people whose personal information, including Social Security or Permanent Resident Card numbers, is incomplete or different from the information the government has on file.

Pati Urias, Arizona communications lead with Enroll America, an organization which helps Arizonans get insurance through the ACA, says fixing the problem is often as simple as correcting a single digit.

"There's always that possibility that numbers are being transposed, or there's an incorrect digit that's been entered," she says. "All that needs to happen is the correct digit, or correct number, needs to be submitted so the discrepancy can be cleared up. That's it."

According to a press release from HHS, people notified of incomplete document information have until September 5th to provide the necessary information, otherwise their ACA coverage will end on September 30th.

Urias says about five percent, or 6,600 of the 120,000 Arizonans who purchased health coverage through the Affordable Care Act are impacted by the problem. She says anyone required to provide citizenship or immigration information should double-check to make sure it's accurate.

"If people do have immigration information they entered into their application, we urge them to double-check and be extra sure they're not missing any information, or that the data has been entered correctly," says Urias. "They can do that by checking their accounts."

According to HHS, there were nearly one million people with citizenship or immigration data-matching errors in May. Since then, the agency says it's closed about 450,000 of those cases, but over 200,000 cases remain 'in progress.'

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