Immigrant Groups Try to Block Termination of Health Plans

by Louise Radnofsky
The Wall Street Journal, Washington Wire (not dated)

Immigrant advocates are accusing the Obama administration of violating antidiscrimination provisions in the federal health-care law by moving to terminate coverage for around 115,000 people who bought coverage through who didn’t take additional steps to prove they are legal U.S. residents.

Two immigrant groups filed complaints Tuesday with the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights asking it to block the action, which is being carried out by other units of the department. The Office of Civil Rights is in charge of enforcing rules in the 2010 law that bar discrimination in the sale of health plans.

The groups say the agency didn’t take adequate steps to tell people who speak languages other than English and Spanish that the health coverage they bought through was about to be terminated because the federal government couldn’t verify their immigration or citizenship status.