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Almost 100,000 people whose universal healthcare membership was revoked in December due to citizenship problems are still struggling to get their coverage back. 

The issue was raised at a recent monthly meeting of the National Health Security Board (NHSB). The meeting was joined by members of the public and representatives of the Public Health Ministry and National Health Security Office (NHSO).

In December, the NHSO said it removed more than 95,000 people with what it labelled "dubious citizenship" from its 30-baht universal coverage (UC) healthcare scheme. The NHSO said these people were disqualified because they are not Thai citizens. The group includes Thai-born Chinese residents who lack the documentation to prove their family histories or apply for citizenship.

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