Health-Insurance Site Snags Immigrants – WSJ

Legal immigrants are running into fresh problems signing up for insurance on HealthCare.gov, presenting a hurdle in the Obama administration’s efforts to cover more Hispanics.Immigrant groups say people born outside the U.S. who are entitled to private insurance under the Affordable Care Act are having trouble proving their identities to the federal insurance marketplace and uploading documents that demonstrate they are in the country legally. Some also are being routed first to Medicaid, the state-federal insurance for the poor, even though they don’t qualify.The 2010 health law excluded illegal immigrants but extended benefits to certain legal ones. In trying to keep unlawful immigrants out of the system, the enrollment process has made it difficult for lawful ones to get through, immigrant groups say.“A lot of advocates are frustrated,” said Angel Padilla, health policy analyst at the National Immigration Law Center.

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