Trump administration slashes 'Obamacare' sign-up assistance

July 11, 2018 - 9:37 am
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WASHINGTON (AP) _ For the second time in days, the Trump administration is taking action to undercut the Obama-era Affordable Care Act.
 
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Tuesday announced steep funding cuts for sign-up assistance through state-based programs called ``navigators.'' 
 
Financing for the 2019 enrollment season is being cut to $10 million from $36 million. The program was also cut last year.
 
CMS Administrator Seema Verma says the navigators just aren't cost effective. New Jersey Democratic Rep. Frank Pallone called the cuts more ``sabotage'' from the administration.
 
Last weekend, the administration announced it is freezing payments by an ACA program meant to stabilize premiums.
 
But despite President Donald Trump's disdain for ``Obamacare,'' enrollment for subsidized private coverage has been fairly steady, with about 10 million people currently signed up.

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