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Immigrants miss deadline, lose federal healthcare

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Scores of immigrants across the country have lost their insurance coverage obtained through the Affordable Care Act after failure to meet a federally imposed September 5th deadline to verify their immigration status.

Obamacare and immigration advocates scrambled to help applicants provide the necessary paperwork to retain coverage but thousands still had not provided the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace with acceptable documentation and had their coverage end September 30th.

“About 115,000 people still have issues of not being able to verify their status (because) either they did not sent the documentation or they did and it wasn’t sufficient and they (Marketplace) asked for more paperwork,” said Annette Raveneau, National Latino Press Secretary for Get Covered America.

Loss of coverage does not mean individual applicants were not eligible for the benefit. Provisions under ACA allow naturalized citizens to receive the same benefits as US born citizens while lawfully present immigrants are afforded limited federal health coverage. Undocumented immigrants are ineligible for federal health insurance, but still receive emergency care.

According to, approximately 10 million people became insured through the Affordable Health Care Act. However…

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