Covered California, the state’s public health insurance exchange, announced last week it has cleared the citizenship/lawful presence status of the vast majority of individuals who were sent notices in September seeking verification documents.
“While we hope that in the end no one who is eligible loses coverage, we are appreciative that so many individuals submitted documents to verify their citizenship or immigration status, meaning their coverage will remain in place,” Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee said. “For the remaining group, we are required by law to begin the process of termination. Even for them, we are establishing processes so they can keep their coverage if they demonstrate their legal status.”
Of the 98,900 families, representing nearly 150,000 individuals, who received multiple notices starting in September informing them of the need for citizenship or immigration status verification, 9,645 families did not provide documentation. This means the state exchange is initiating termination of health coverage for the 10,474 people in those families. The notices will give individuals information about how they can have their coverage reinstated if they can prove their citizenship/lawful presence status. Final termination notices will be sent by the health plans in which they enrolled.
Covered California received proof of legal status for more than 82,000 families, representing 130,105 individuals, and it continues to review case information involving 6,670 families (totaling 7,629 enrollees) who have attempted to verify citizenship or immigration status. Lack of verification does not necessarily mean that the individual is not lawfully present, only that Covered California does not have the documents it needs to verify the person’s status.