She thought she did. She had paperwork confirming her enrollment in a Capital BlueCross policy obtained by her husband through the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare. But she said her coverage was terminated in April without anyone telling her.
"I found out I had been eliminated," she said.
The representative she spoke with didn't give her a reason, but said her husband and son's coverage was not affected, she said. It took several calls to the federal health insurance marketplace to learn an "immigration issue" was to blame.
Atiyeh emigrated from
"It's been a long time," she said. "To tell me I have immigration issues, I was like, 'What?'"
She's not the only one having this problem.
Through June, 130,000 people had their Obamacare coverage terminated due to "unresolved citizenship or immigration status data matching issues," according to reports from the
Last year, 501,000 people were dropped for that reason and in 2014, 109,000 people were dropped.
When people enroll in coverage, the insurance marketplace verifies their information. In some cases, that information doesn't match up right away with existing records, or the applicant doesn't provide enough information to match existing records.
Atiyeh told me she received no notices and would have acted on them if she had.
"I wouldn't have let myself get to that point if it was that important," she said.
While not required to, Capital Blue notifies customers when their coverage is ending in these situations, spokeswoman
He said the problems can take a long time to straighten out as the
The marketplace was criticized last year by the inspector general for the
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