Obamacare to Kick Out 115,000 Lacking Residency Proof

About 115,000 people who signed up for Obamacare and may not be legal residents of the U.S. will lose their insurance coverage at the end of the month, the government said.

After spending months trying to coax 966,000 people who enrolled in coverage to provide documents proving their legal status, the government said it had received information from about 851,000 of them. Undocumented immigrants aren’t allowed to use new government-run health exchanges to buy insurance.

Another 363,000 people who still haven’t properly shown their incomes may see increases in premiums and out-of-pocket costs if they don’t provide documentation by Sept. 30. The government uses income levels to set subsidies that help people buy insurance.

About 8 million people signed up for private plans under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and the Obama administration has struggled to strike a balance between keeping as many as possible insured and enforcing eligibility standards. About 2.6 million had income or residency “inconsistencies” in their applications, the government said.

“We are pleased that the number of individuals who were at risk of losing their marketplace coverage, or seeing changes in their costs because of data matching issues has been dramatically reduced in the last three months,” Marilyn Tavenner, whose agency supervises most Obamacare programs, said in a statement.

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