Thousands of Georgians are in danger of losing their healthcare coverage under the Affordable Care Act if they don't turn in citizenship or immigration documents by Friday. Final notices were sent out to nearly 21,000 Georgians. Only Florida and Texas have a higher number of outstanding cases. The program is administered in Georgia by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Renard Murray is the agency's regional director.
"Georgia was maybe about second or third in the nation in terms of the number of people that enrolled in the health insurance marketplace. So we're excited about that. But, of course, because that number is high, of course proportionally you have more people who may have inconsistencies with their documents."
Murray says they have people working around the clock processing information. If the documents aren't received by Friday, health insurance coverage for those Georgians will end Sept. 30.
But Murray says the issues aren't just questions about immigration. Some people who were born in the United States may also be at risk for losing their health coverage, due to factors such as name changes that don’t match up with records.
“And because of name changes, marriages and those kinds of things, the documents don't match what's in the Department of Homeland Security system,” said Murray. “And so as a result of that, it could create a situation where we have to verify the identity of that individual, or the citizenship of that person."