More Oklahomans Report Receiving Obamacare Letters


Monday, May 5th 2014, 7:25 pm
By: Dana Hertneky


More Oklahomans are coming forward saying they received a letter from the federal government asking them to complete their application for health insurance at healthcare.gov. But they say they never even started one.

When News 9 first started looking into this last month, a spokesperson from the Department of Health and Human Services told us they only send the letters to those who applied for health insurance at healthcare.gov. But we are now hearing from several people who say that isn't the case.

Kini Kay was the first to tell us about the letter he received in the mail from the Health Insurance Marketplace.

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"It says ‘Dear Kini, confirm your information,'" he read. "'You submitted an application for health coverage' I did not, I've never been anywhere near that website."

After that story aired, dozens of others commented on Facebook, News9.com, and through email saying they also received the letter and like Kini never visited the healthcare.gov website.

"I thought that looks like the same letter I got," said Diana Coast. "I just couldn't figure out why I was getting it because I've never been on the government website to fill out for insurance."

Her letter was similar to Kini's although Diana's stated she started an application with state Medicaid or CHIP, which Diana says she didn't.

And a spokesperson for the Oklahoma Healthcare Authority who handles Oklahoma Medicaid says they would only send information to the Department of Health and Human Services if someone applied for health insurance at healthcare.gov.

"I didn't sign up, I know that for a fact," said Diana.

News 9 tried to get a hold of that spokesperson from the Department of Health and Human Services again on Monday but our requests for information were unanswered.