Will the White House Continue to Fund the ACA’s Health Navigator Programs?

The Trump administration must decide by September whether to continue funding “navigator” organizations that help individuals buy health-care plans through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace.

Established in 2013, navigator programs, which are located in hospitals, libraries, and other institutions, provide various no-cost services –  such as determining Medicaid eligibility –  to consumers looking to enroll in an ACA plan. In 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services awarded $63 million in grants to nearly 100 navigator organizations, with funding slated to extend through September 2017.

Earlier this year, the Trump administration decided not to renew contracts for two navigator vendors and pulled funding for advertising the ACA marketplace and staffing an ACA call center.

Source: The Wall Street Journal, August 9, 2017.