Wednesday, Nov. 1 marked the beginning of the next open enrollment period in the Obamacare exchanges. This will be the first enrollment season since the Trump administration changed the enrollment process and scaled back the “navigator” program.
The navigator program is a federal initiative designed to guide Obamacare enrollees as they jump through the system’s bureaucratic hoops, steering them to the health insurance program that best suits their needs. Advocates of the navigator program were dismayed at President Donald Trump’s decision to cut funding for the program, claiming the cuts will “sabotage” Obamacare and block people from enrolling.
The vast majority of new customers were steered into Medicaid. But the stampede was short-lived.
Moreover, many people who enrolled on the exchanges did so without the help of navigators. Instead, they chose to use licensed insurance agents or simply enrolled on their own, either online or in-person.
Read the full article by Whitney Jones about the healthcare exchange from The Heritage Foundation
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