Trump Administration Slashes Indiana’s Navigator Program
By Travis Thayer
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – A program that helps consumers enroll for Medicaid is receiving a massive cut in the Hoosier state.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Serves announced on August 31 that the Trump administration plans to spend $10 million on promotions this enrollment season to get people signed up for Obamacare, compared to $100 million a year ago.
The Indianapolis Star reported Tuesday that the Trump administration is also cutting funds to Indiana’s navigator program by 82 percent.
Indiana Navigators assist consumers in completing federal Health Insurance Marketplace applications or Indiana Health Coverage Program applications, such as Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), or the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP 2.0).
The cuts in Indiana will decrease funding from $1.6 million in 2016 to $296,704 for 2017.
According to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation, no state saw deeper cuts than Indiana. Louisiana and Nebraska were close, weathering cuts of 80 percent.
Overall, the Trump administration cut funds nationally by 41 percent.
Some fear that the cuts will impact Hoosiers who don’t know where to look for assistance. Another concern is that the enrollment period has been shortened from three months to six weeks, in addition to a reduction in available navigators.
Since taking office earlier this year, President Trump has aggressively pursued changes to the U.S. healthcare system.