HomeLatest NewsFederal NewsFunding for ACA marketplace outreach is cut

Funding for ACA marketplace outreach is cut

Grant money used to educate and enroll people in health insurance plans available through the federal insurance marketplace will be cut to $10 million for the year starting in November, down from $36.8 million in 2017 and $62.5 million in 2016.

Trump administration officials said the insurance counselors, known as navigators, did not enroll enough people to justify more spending. Navigators enrolled less than 1 percent of consumers who signed up for 2018 coverage in 34 states using the federal exchange, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Private sector insurance agents and brokers do a better job at enrolling people, according to CMS.

The grant money was typically awarded to non-profit organizations to aid in educating consumers about health insurance choices. Open enrollment for 2019 coverage begins in November.

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