The administration said navigators were not enrolling enough people to receive higher funding amounts.
This is distinct from the debate over ObamaCare's cost-sharing payments, which the Trump Administration cut off a year ago after a federal judge barred the subsidies that Congress had not appropriated.
Trump has also slashed the ACA's advertising budget by 90 percent.
"These are significant cuts", said Mark Van Arnam, director of the N.C. Navigator Consortium. "We're talking about putting one population against another".
Over the a year ago, the White House has issued a number of executive orders and undertaken administrative actions to undercut the program popularly known as Obamacare. The consortium also deployed 76 volunteers for education and outreach on the ACA.
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But after a judge ordered him moved to Alexandria so he could be closer, Manafort protested, citing safety concerns. The "Defendant's access to counsel and his ability to prepare for trial trumps his personal comfort", noted Ellis.
There has been no demonstrable outrage from leading Democrats on Trump's intensifying campaign to transform Medicaid into a cut-rate voucher program or other aspects of the administration's crusade against the poor and dismantling of what remains of the social safety net. Ron Wyden of OR, the senior Democrat on the Finance Committee, told The New York Times the president was on a "sabotage crusade" to kill the law since he couldn't Congress to repeal it.
"I have not heard any of this", said Catherine Edwards, executive director of the Missouri Association of Area Agencies on Aging, which has spread navigator money to groups across that state and took a 62 percent cut in funding a year ago. Many have started making a profit and some are expanding their involvement for 2019, a marked change from this time previous year, when several carriers said they were going to pull out of the exchanges for 2018.
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"My belief here is that CMS is picking and choosing which court ruling to act on", said Sean Creighton, vice president of the Avalere consulting firm, "It is very unusual that administration would decide to freeze payment given that there are two opinions in different courts".
Arnam disputed the federal characterization of navigators as inefficient, particularly the claim that some navigators signed up fewer than 100 people at an average cost of $5,000 per enrollee. In 2017, navigators also enrolled less than one percent of FFE consumers with almost $63 million in federal grants. The navigator is typically listed on the application only if the person signs up with the navigator sitting across the table, he said. These plans have been allowed under the law, but can only last a limited duration of three months, but the administration is going to publish a regulation in the coming weeks allowing consumers to enroll in these plans for a full year.