310,000 healthcare consumers could lose coverage come September if they don’t prove eligibility
August 13th, 2014
01:30 PM ET
4 months ago

310,000 healthcare consumers could lose coverage come September if they don’t prove eligibility

(CNN) - Over 300,000 individuals who enrolled in a healthcare plan through the Affordable Care Act could lose their coverage come the end of September if they fail to provide the proper documentation demonstrating legal residency, according to the Obama administration.

The issue at hand is not necessarily an immigration status problem, but a data-matching issue.

The cases refer to individuals who have inconsistencies in the information they provided when they initially enrolled in a healthcare plan. The CMS, which oversees the federal healthcare exchange, said it has been reaching out to affected individuals via email, phone calls and letters, in English and Spanish, for several months. And while many cases have been resolved, there are around 310,000 consumers with outstanding documentation issues.

"We've closed about 450,000 of these cases and have an additional 210,000 cases in progress," CMS administrator Marilyn Tavenner said in a statement. "However, some still have not responded. 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."

Consumers have until September 5 to provide the necessary documents, and coverage will end for those who do not on September 30 - although if an individual provides information that resolves their issue after the September 5 deadline they will be eligible to re-enroll in the marketplace through a special enrollment period.

Immigration statuses that qualify for coverage under the ACA are listed on the healthcare.gov website. The list includes lawful permanent residents, refugees, victims of trafficking, among others. Officials from HHS caution that these data issues may not necessarily be an problem with the consumer's eligibility for a plan, but rather a bureaucratic problem.

Opponents of the ACA have long warned that the enrollment site is not adept at verifying the eligibility of applicants, and these latest numbers are another example of that on-going issue. A report released in June from the office of the inspector general for the HHS found "deficiencies" in some of the controls meant to prevent fraudulent or incorrect information submitted by applicants to the Federal marketplace.

The 310,000 cases only refers to those who enrolled in federal or partnership marketplaces. The 14 states that have implemented their own healthcare marketplaces are not included, as they have separate data respective to their state's enrollees.


Filed under: Healthcare
soundoff (132 Responses)
  1. Jeff Bown in Jersey

    OH MY! Queue up the right wing dopes to slam the Pesident and Obama Care even they don't have a clue how it works! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    August 13, 2014 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    I know someone who's in that boat. They lost their job three years ago. They lost their apartment, selling their car in the process to make ends meet after unemployment ran out. They moved to another state, where they have been living and working off and on for the last year and a half. The person lives and works in another state, and even filed taxes to that effect. But, they still hold a New York State driver's license, which they do not use because they have no car.

    August 13, 2014 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  3. it must be said

    660,000/8,000,000 = 8.25% problem rate, just for residency issues. How many thousands of government bureaucrats is it taking to resolve all of the Obamacare sign up problems?!

    These idiots passed all of this and had no way of implementing it correctly. We still haven't heard if they have finished the stinking web site in time for the next round of chaos!

    August 13, 2014 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    The issue at hand is not necessarily an immigration status problem, but a data-matching issue.
    -–

    ?not necessarily an immigration status problem"??? So just how many illegals are signing up for free Obamacare?!! Of course we will NEVER get that number.

    August 13, 2014 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  5. excuse my rant

    it must be said
    660,000/8,000,000 = 8.25% problem rate, just for residency issues. How many thousands of government bureaucrats is it taking to resolve all of the Obamacare sign up problems?!

    These idiots passed all of this and had no way of implementing it correctly. We still haven't heard if they have finished the stinking web site in time for the next round of chaos!
    ______________________________
    10,000 Romney Bucks says that if the headline was "No data issues for Obamacare signups thanks to giant accurate database" you'd be screaming something about big government surveillance collecting your data and a reference to 1984.

    August 13, 2014 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  6. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP THE NATIONAL JOKE PARTY , WE WONT PASS ANYTHING AND STILLGET PAID

    Well if their not tax paying American citizens , KICK THEM OFF. For American taxpayers ONLY!!!!

    August 13, 2014 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  7. madmink

    Stop looking for problems that don't exist!!!! Get your BIRTH certificate num num!!!!! Or ssn # u can use them to buy guns surely you can use it to buy INSURANCE!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 13, 2014 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  8. just saying

    Name JK. SFL. THE GOP THE NATIONAL JOKE PARTY , WE WONT PASS ANYTHING AND STILLGET PAID
    Well if their not tax paying American citizens , KICK THEM OFF. For American taxpayers ONLY!!!!
    --

    but what about the millions of illegals coming here at obama's invitation?! are all of you cruel heartless lefties going to deny them care and kill them?!!

    August 13, 2014 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  9. Gurgyl

    -as long as they are legally staying here, it should be fine. Why not we check their immigration status or other visa status, like H1-B, J1 etc.

    August 13, 2014 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  10. Dumbas[R]ocks

    Now that's weird. I've heard all sorts of nonsense, sludge and lies concerning the ACA from the rightwing riff-raff that constantly cricket for their masters, including the doosey that under the ACA illegals get health care for free, and muslims don't even have to sign up for it. This story is just more proof that the liars are ALWAYS lying....it is a natural [R] state of being.

    August 13, 2014 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  11. Tony D

    Blame Republicans For Obamacare
    --

    How funny is THIS?!! Obama, Pelosi, & Reid jam this garbage down our throats without a single Republican vote and somehow they are to blame. Only in the warped, twisted mind of the left could this be possible. And these are the people running the country. Is it any wonder everything is a disaster and they don't take responsibility for anything? Including the "signature achievement" (or is that singular?) of their failed President.

    August 13, 2014 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  12. Abbey

    Democrats continue to be the party of idioots.

    August 13, 2014 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  13. Gurgyl

    -nothing wrong with ACA Law. Why didn't you cry when insurance companies denied? Cancelled? Charged more? Now, you cry because we passed this law. Ha!! This nation needed it for long, long and long time. Get rid of all republican trash. Good for USA.

    August 13, 2014 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  14. salty dog

    Millions, you just can't state the facts can you, you come on hear day after day, thinking your clever, but your juvenile attempts to con people are just that. You don't stick to facts, and truth, because they simply don't support your rantings, grow up, and grow a pair pal! I believe the number was up to 60,000.

    August 13, 2014 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  15. Abbey

    Show me a Democrat, and I'll show you Liberal drone who is incapable of helping the sick and poor.

    August 13, 2014 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "How funny is THIS?!! Obama, Pelosi, & Reid jam this garbage down our throats without a single Republican vote and somehow they are to blame. Only in the warped, twisted mind of the left could this be possible. And these are the people running the country. Is it any wonder everything is a disaster and they don't take responsibility for anything? Including the "signature achievement" (or is that singular?) of their failed President."

    Are you slow? That some poster on a website made a dumb statement does not mean that it is Pelosi, Obama and Reid's position as well.

    August 13, 2014 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  17. Tommy G

    Name JK. SFL. THE GOP THE NATIONAL JOKE PARTY , WE WONT PASS ANYTHING AND STILLGET PAID
    Well if their not tax paying American citizens , KICK THEM OFF. For American taxpayers ONLY!!!!
    --

    Why kick them off? Most of the people getting healthcare under Obamacare are NOT American taxpayers. Why not just every illegal that gets here free healthcare? Isn't it a national right according to the left?

    August 13, 2014 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  18. salty dog

    Abbey right, like the deep south nanny states, where people completely dependent on the government, vote Republican, because their for smaller government, too funny! Yup, they don't need no gubmint, just give me my check and go away Yankee, priceless. All your gop states are in abysmal shape, Florida, Jersey, Wisconsin, and Texas is fine now that Perry used Obama's stimulus money to balance his budget, stellar performance by all

    August 13, 2014 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  19. Say WHAT???

    We never did hear about how many people enrolled but never paid. Or did the federal government just send the insurance companies a few billion dollars to cover the bill so people wouldn't get axed?

    This is all one big scam for several years with the federal government propping up Obamacare and the insurance companies with billions and billions in tax dollars. If you think the VA system was a murderous, disastrous scandal, just until the government fully implements Obamacare.

    August 13, 2014 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  20. Tampa Tim

    Only a well oiled dip stick from Fox thinks ACA is free. Brain dead baggers are why Fox is still on the air.

    August 13, 2014 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  21. Tampa Tim

    After reading the crap the uninformed baggers fling every day, you realize they don't amount to a speed bump on a brain scan.

    August 13, 2014 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  22. CALIFORNIA

    Blame Republicans For Obamacare

    That name alone proves you're a DOLT. DEMOCRATS OWN OBAMACARE OUTRIGHT.

    August 13, 2014 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  23. salty dog

    No its not Tommy: and show me where there is proof of that BS, you guys act like the left promotes welfare fraud, when in fact most of it occurs in red states, just saying. I wish they were tougher guidelines for assistance, and I see second and third generation welfare sponges, I get frustrated too, the government takes ten grand a year in federal taxes from me, its painful to see the abuse, they buy food I can't afford. Now, that being said, if the right cancelled every one of those, where do you think the savings go, not back to me, your small business, doubt it, it goes to ones already controlling the vast majority of the wealth, where's the jobs, your company should be paying less, and general electric should pay something anyway.

    August 13, 2014 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  24. Obamacare Disaster Continues.....

    Opponents of the ACA have long warned that the enrollment site is not adept at verifying the eligibility of applicants, and these latest numbers are another example of that on-going issue. A report released in June from the office of the inspector general for the HHS found "deficiencies" in some of the controls meant to prevent fraudulent or incorrect information submitted by applicants to the Federal marketplace.
    --–

    But everything is fixed! Everything is working perfectly!! Nothing is wrong!!! Obamacare is a huge success!!!! This is all being made up by Fox News and Republicans!!!! This is another false scandal, another nontroversy, another false equivalency and blatantly racist. Did I get all the canned lefty responses?

    August 13, 2014 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6