Health Care

Florida leads nation in unverified ACA applicants

More than 35,000 people in Florida — a higher number than in any other state with a federally run insurance exchange — missed a Sept. 5 deadline to provide evidence that their citizenship or residency status makes them eligible for coverage under the Affordable Care Act, a federal official said Monday.

If those people do not submit proof before the end of September, they will no longer be covered under the plans for which they enrolled, said Andy Slavitt, an administrator at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. If they do offer proof, they won’t lose coverage and will be eligible to sign up again during an enrollment period that begins in November, he said.

“We’re asking people to get back to us by Sept. 30,” said Slavitt, who noted that CMS had made “multiple outreach efforts.”

A month ago, officials warned almost 94,000 people in Florida that they had to prove by Sept. 5 that they are U.S. citizens or legal immigrants in order to remain eligible for insurance under the ACA. The targeted consumers were part of a group of 310,000 newly insured people around the country who had not previously established their claim of legal residency, a condition of eligibility for the tax-supported healthcare marketplaces.

On Monday, Slavitt said that CMS had yet to hear from 115,000 people in the 36 states that have exchanges fully or partially run by the federal government. Florida’s total of 35,100 heads the list. Texas is in second place, with 19,600, followed by Georgia, with 6,300.

This story was produced in collaboration with Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation.