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Health coverage in jeopardy for 6,000 Ohioans

Associated Press • Aug 18, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Some 6,000 Ohioans who signed up for the new health care law risk losing their taxpayer-subsidized insurance unless they act soon to resolve questions about their citizenship or immigration status, according to the federal government.

The U.S. Health and Human Services Department said recently those with outstanding documents are being warned they have until Sept. 5 to show they’re eligible. Otherwise, their coverage will end Sept. 30.

People living in the country illegally are not allowed to get coverage.

Nationwide, more than 310,000 people whose citizenship or immigration details don’t match what the government has on file have been notified they must submit their information.

The health agency said many haven’t responded to repeated outreach efforts by mail, email and phone.

The letters, which are being sent in English and Spanish, notify enrollees with unresolved issues they still need to upload their documents to the HealthCare.gov website, or mail them.

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