KNOXVILLE, Tenn. More than 3,800 Tennesseans who purchased plans through the Health Insurance Marketplace need to provide updated information about their citizenship or immigration status to keep their coverage in effect.
This week, The U. S. Department of Health and Human sent some 310,000 notifications to individuals nationwide regarding discrepancies in citizenship or immigration data, 3,800 of those here in Tennessee. These discrepancies include “data matching issues” reported on consumers’ applications, such as a missing or incorrect digit in a social security or permanent resident card number. The deadline to submit correct information is fast approaching, as consumers have only until September 5 to do so or risk losing their coverage by September 30.
Consumers have been sent reminders through email, postal mail service or by phone.
“It is absolutely critical that consumers who purchased a plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace, especially those who provided immigration documentation during the application process, check their mailboxes, phone messages and email in the coming days for this important notice,” said Kyle Kordsmeier, an Organizer for Get Covered America-Tennessee. “If you receive one, act quickly to correct the data so there is no interruption in your health coverage.”
The discrepancies affect about 2.5% of the more than 150,000 Tennesseans who purchased coverage through the Marketplace during the six month open enrollment period ending March 31 of this year.