3,100 Arizonans may lose insurance over immigration status

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX (AP) -- Federal officials say 3,100 Arizonans will lose health insurance coverage they bought through the federal marketplace if they don't provide proof of citizenship or legal immigration status by the end of the month.

The Health and Human Services Department has been sending letters to people who didn't provide needed documents to prove they are legally in the country.

A month ago, about 6,600 Arizonans who bought insurance had not provided documents. That number has gone way down, but those who don't provide needed proof will lose coverage Sept. 30. Those who do may be allowed to quickly re-enroll if they provide needed documents.

The Affordable Care Act bars those without legal residency from buying insurance through the federal marketplace. About 120,000 Arizonans bought policies from October through March 31.