400,000 immigrants lose Obamacare coverage
About 430,000 people in the United States lost coverage this year under Obamacare because of a change in government procedures regarding immigration and citizenship issues.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced last week that coverage was canceled to individuals due to unresolved immigration status or citizenship inconsistencies.
Organizations like the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) claim they have been asking HHS for more detailed information but they have not received a satisfactory response.
They claim affected immigrants have tried to submit the documentation needed to resolve the inconsistencies but faced barriers such as not being notified about what they needed to submit in a language they could understand.
“There is absolutely no excuse for any eligible American family to be denied or lose their health care coverage as a result of HHS’s ongoing systemic failings,” said Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center. “It is unacceptable that HHS has failed to address a flawed system that keeps too many eligible immigrants and their families from accessing the care they deserve and rely on.”