Thousands must prove PPACA plan eligibility or lose coverage

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About 310,000 people who purchased health plans through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act exchanges and qualified for federal subsidies could lose their coverage, unless they provide documentation proving their eligibility, according to a report from The New York Times.

The individuals in question have discrepancies between data on their applications for insurance and government records. Approximately 450,000 cases concerning citizenship or immigration status inconsistencies have already been resolved, and 210,000 more are in progress, according to the report.

However, hundreds of thousands of people haven't responded to emails, letters or calls asking about data discrepancies concerning citizenship or immigration status. On Tuesday, the government sent another round of letters warning those who have not responded they have until Sept. 5 to submit more documentation. If they don't, they'll lose their coverage by Sept. 30, according to the report.

Last month, the HHS Office of Inspector General released the results of an audit that found the PPACA marketplaces run by the federal government, California and Connecticut had deficient internal controls that did not always effectively verify consumers' Social Security numbers, whether they were eligible to purchase health insurance plans through the exchanges and their citizenship status.

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