Reductions In Federal Funding For Health Law Navigators Cut Unevenly

Nearly half of the federal funding has been cut for the navigator program that Shelli Quenga leads for South Carolina’s Palmetto Project.

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Nearly half of the federal funding has been cut for the navigator program that Shelli Quenga leads for South Carolina’s Palmetto Project.

Alex Olgin/WFAE

Despite all of the efforts in Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act this year, it remains the law of the land. People can start signing up for health insurance for 2018 starting Nov. 1. But the landscape for the law has changed a lot.

Take navigators, for instance. Those are specially trained people who help consumers sign up for coverage. In August, the Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services cut funding for navigators by 41 percent.

But the effects vary. For some groups and some states, the cuts go deeper while others will have almost as much money as they did before.

South Carolina and North Carolina are cases in point. South Carolina’s navigator funding is about two-thirds less than the state

Article source: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/10/26/559574743/money-for-health-law-navigators-slashed-except-where-it-s-not?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=affordablecareact

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