Covering Louisiana

Aug 22, 2014 6:02 AM by AP

6900 haven't sent papers needed for insurance

Federal officials say about 6,900 Louisiana residents could lose insurance under the Affordable Care Act unless they send copies of citizenship or immigration papers to prove they're eligible.

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services says they're among nearly 1 million people nationwide whose citizenship or immigration details don't match government records.

It says most sent in the paperwork but 310,000 have not, in spite of many reminders. Those people are getting letters saying coverage will be cancelled unless they send the paperwork by Sept. 5.

A news release says the papers are needed to support their applications and verify that information is correct.

For instance, an application could have an incomplete Social Security or permanent resident card number, or numbers might have been switched by mistake.

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