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Nearly 90,000 families no longer risk losing health insurance

BAY POINT, CA - MARCH 28:  An attendee holds a flyer as she waits to register for helathcare insurance during a healthcare enrollment fair at Ambrose Community Center on March 28, 2014 in Bay Point, California. With less than one week to go before the deadline to sign up for healthcare, SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW) held a free healthcare enrollment fair to help people sign up for free and low-cost health coverage through Medi-Cal or Covered California.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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A woman at a March 2014 health insurance enrollment fair in Bay Point, California.

Officials at California’s health insurance marketplace say most of the nearly 100,000 families who risked losing their coverage and tax subsidies due to incomplete information about their legal residence in the state have provided the necessary documents and will remain insured. 

Covered California issued notices last month to 98,900 families who had either failed to provide the state with proper documents showing their lawful presence, or had submitted illegible paperwork.

The agency said it received proof of legal status for more than 82,000 families, representing 130,105 people, adding that it is still reviewing the cases of nearly 6,700 families who have attempted to verify their citizenship or immigration status.

More than 9,600 families still have not presented the required paperwork, said Covered California, adding that it will send them a written warning that they have one last chance to correct the problem before October 31, or their insurance company will terminate their coverage.