By Daniela Hernandez
When Fabrizio Mancinelli applied for health insurance through California’s online marketplace nine months ago, he ran into a frustrating snag.
“This is such a difficult situation for consumers to be put in,” said Sonal Ambegaokar, a senior attorney at the National Health Law Program, a national health advocacy group.
For immigrant families, this could add to language and cultural barriers that have complicated enrollment, advocates said. Many fear the information they provide Covered California could be used by immigration officials to deport relatives, even though the state has repeatedly said that is not the case.
Other applicants are baffled as to why they need to resubmit documents they claim they have already provided Covered California, don’t understand what documents are required, or simply don’t yet have them in hand. In some cases, it can take months to get a lost social security card or permanent residency card replaced. Read the full article here. »