Health care law deadline looms for immigration proof

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texans who need to resolve immigration or citizenship issues to keep health plans under the Affordable Care Act are running out of time. The deadline to submit documents and resolve issues is Friday.

The Federal Health Insurance Marketplace started sending notices in August to more than 50,000 Texans who have not responded to notices in the past about problems with information related to immigration status or citizenship. The notices do not necessarily mean people are not legally living in the U.S. The issue can come up if submitted information was incomplete. It also may not match information in the government’s system.

“There’s confusion because some people already submitted information and they got a letter,” said Elizabeth Colvin, director of Insure Central Texas. “So for those, it’s important to call the marketplace to ask: ‘You know, have you received my information? Do I need to do anything else?”

Colvin says as of last week, Insure Central Texas has seen about 30 people coming in with questions about the notices.

“When they ask me about my documents, I send it,” said Hassan Siluman.

Hassan says he moved to the U.S. nearly two years ago as a refugee from Sudan. He says he has a visa that would let him enroll in an insurance plan under the Affordable Care Act.

“I think this is unfair because I came to America here legally,” said Hassan. “[The government] gave me (a) visa (to) come here to work. I don’t know why they send me message like this.”

Hassan says he needs the insurance through the marketplace to afford coverage.

The Texans who don’t get these issues fixed will see their health care plans through the Affordable Care Act end on Sept. 30, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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