LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — About half of 100,000 Californians who enrolled for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act still must prove they are in this country legally to continue to receive benefits.

KNX 1070’s Charles Feldman reports Tuesday at midnight marks the deadline for all Covered California consumers who may need to verify their citizenship – not just immigrants.

Earlier this month, Covered California began sending out notices to about 98,000 families that must resolve eligibility inconsistencies in their 2014 enrollment documents.

While some consumers may have previously provided the required documents, the information could not be reconciled to verify citizenship or immigration status, according to Covered California’s Dana Howard.

For example, some documents were illegible, and in some cases two pieces of proof were needed, but only one document was sent, so the agency is requesting the documents be sent again.

“This is serious business, because someone could risk their coverage being interrupted,” said Howard.

Approved documents that people can send in to verify their citizenship include their U.S. passport, U.S. public birth certificate, U.S. state driver’s license, green card, or certificate of citizenship.

Consumers can visit the Covered California website for a list of required documents and can send them via U.S. mail or fax them to (888) 329-3700.

For more info on getting your paperwork turned in, click here.


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