More than 100,000 Obamacare enrollees will have their coverage terminated on September 30 after they failed to provide the government with proof of legal status in the United States.
The government sent out notices to 310,000 enrollees in mid-August, asking them to provide additional information to verify their citizenship status. While a majority of those people responded to the government, providing the necessary documents, 115,000 did not and are set to lose their coverage at the end of the month.
The Affordable Care Act specifically bars undocumented workers from purchasing coverage through the exchanges, even if they wanted to purchase unsubsidized coverage and foot the entire bill themselves.
Those who submit their documents after September 30 will qualify for a special enrollment period, where they can sign up for coverage to replace their terminated plan. The federal government will continue reaching out to this population.
"We still have work to do here," Andy Slavitt, principal deputy administrator at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, told reporters. "There are people we have reached out to, and haven't heard from, that we still have work left to do to help them."