Trump Administration Whacks Millions From Budget Used To Push Obamacare

Kaiser Health News, September 1, 2017

President Donald Trump’s administration slashed millions of dollars from the government’s budget to promote the health law’s annual open enrollment season beginning in two months.

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This article first appeared August 31, 2017 on Kaiser Health News.

By Rachel Bluth and Phil Galewitz

President Donald Trump has insisted for months that “Obamacare is already dead.”

His administration matched its harsh words with damaging action on Thursday — slashing millions of dollars from the government’s budget to promote the health law’s annual open enrollment season beginning in two months.

The move is likely to translate into reduced marketing and fewer navigators — trained representatives deployed by nonprofit groups that receive federal grants to help people understand health insurance options and purchase a plan. The effect could cause more confusion for consumers in an abbreviated enrollment period that is 45 days shorter than last year — running from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15.

Grants to the nonprofits that supply navigators will fall by 40 percent to $36.8 million this year and advertising will drop by 90 percent to $10 million, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said. The money will be spent in 38 states that use the government’s healthcare.gov exchange.

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Kaiser Health News is a national health policy news service that is part of the nonpartisan Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

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