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Almost 7,000 Arizonans at risk of losing health care plans

PHOENIX -- Hundreds of thousands of consumers are at risk of losing their health plans purchased through the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace.

Approximately 310,000 consumers have failed to submit required documentation, and the final reminder letters were mailed Thursday. Roughly 6,600 letters were addressed to consumers in Arizona.

"We want consumers to submit the requested paperwork (and) clear this problem up to ensure they get to keep their coverage," said Pati Urias, spokeswoman for Get America Covered.

According to information provided by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, there is a massive data-match problem related to citizenship and immigration information entered into the Marketplace system.

"There's a discrepancy of what the federal government has on file and what has been entered into the system," said Urias.

Consumers have until Sept. 5 to respond or they will lose coverage by Sept. 30.

About the Author

Sandra moved from the small border city of Yuma, Arizona to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University in the late 90s. Since graduating, she's worked at several local TV stations including Univision, Fox 10 and 3TV.

Working at KTAR, has allowed her the opportunity to cover major national news events, including Presidential visits, the Tucson Tragedy and the Wallow fire.

When Sandra isn't covering breaking news or behind a microphone in the studio, she's probably at home with her best friend Mark and her two dogs, Lily and Lola.

Sandra enjoys cooking and admits to enjoying "really bad" reality T.V. She also enjoys spending quiet time at home with people she loves, playing a little poker and traveling.


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