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10,000 Illinois Immigrants Risk Losing Obamacare


Some 10,000 immigrants in Illinois are among more than 200,000 nationwide whose insurance bought through President Barack Obama's health care initiative could end this month if they don't prove this week they're legally in the country.

The federal government mailed letters in English and Spanish last month notifying about 300,000 people that if immigration and citizenship documents aren't submitted by Friday, their coverage under the  Affordable Care Act will end Sept. 30.
But few seem to be responding.

U.S. Health and Human Services officials released information yesterday showing that 239,000 of the original 300,000 still were receiving final notices.
Immigration advocates say the notices in only two languages don't take into account the wide variety of immigrant languages.