Some Could Lose Exchange Coverage If They Can’t Prove Immigration Status

Covered California is contacting about 98,000 families who need to resolve eligibility inconsistencies in their 2014 enrollment documents. Some consumers provided the required documents, but the agency could not reconcile the information to verify citizenship or immigration status. For example, some documents were illegible. In some cases, two pieces of proof were needed, but only one document was sent. The agency is asking consumers to submit documents showing that they are U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or individuals with eligible immigration status. Peter V. Lee, Executive Director for California’s health benefit exchange said, “If we do not get your documents, Covered California must cancel your health insurance, along with any federal tax credit you may be receiving that lowers your monthly premiums. If you have received tax credits, and your health insurance is canceled, you may have to repay those tax credits. If your health insurance is canceled, you may also have to pay a tax penalty.” Covered California is mailing emailing notices to consumers beginning this week. Consumers who don’t provide proof by September 30 risk losing their health coverage.

Thousands of partners, including Covered California certified insurance agents, certified enrollment counselors, service center representatives and county eligibility workers, will be available to help consumers submit the necessary documentation. Lee stressed that consumers should act quickly to submit the requested documents. For more information, call

Last Updated 10/13/2021

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