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house Bill H.R. 7102

Should the Obamacare Patient Navigator Programs Be Funded?

Argument in favor

Navigators play an important role in helping individuals navigate the Obamacare marketplace to find the best health insurance plans for themselves. They reach out to under-served communities, help people with language barriers, and provide information about subsidies — all of which improves enrollment rates.

TrulyTexan's Opinion
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11/09/2018
If need be take the money from the grossly bloated military budget. Or trumps golf trips.
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Brian's Opinion
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11/09/2018
I strongly support healthcare and the affordable care act
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Mary's Opinion
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11/09/2018
Yes. Every piece of the law should be funded in full. Lack of certainty has created over conservative margin assumptions and unacceptable rate increases.
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Argument opposed

Navigators sign up only a small fraction — under one percent — of individuals, and it’s expensive to fund navigator programs. The role that they fulfill can also be performed by agents and brokers reimbursed by health insurance plans, which is a better option that saves federal funds for other uses.

Miles's Opinion
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11/09/2018
Nothing to do with Obamacare needs to be funded. It’s going to fall apart soon anyway. Joke of a policy that puts the needs of the few above the needs of the many. Idiotic to say the least
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Chester 's Opinion
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11/09/2018
Repeal Obamacare because it was and still is unconstitutional and Socialist!
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SneakyPete's Opinion
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11/09/2018
👎🏻👎🏻 H. R. 7202—AKA the ENROLL Act 👎🏻👎🏻 I’m strongly opposed and do not recommend the passage of H. R.7202—AKA the ENROLL Act — would amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) to guarantee funding for Navigator initiatives that help people pick the best health plans for themselves and their families. It’d also boost outreach and educational activities to raise the accessibility of information about coverage options and financial assistance to help purchase coverage. Funding for this bill would come out of the user fees imposed on participating health insurance issuers in insurance marketplaces. In each of the fiscal years 2019 through 2021, the Dept. of Health and Human Services (DHS)  would allocate $100 million of user fee revenue towards Navigator initiatives. Navigators sign up only a small fraction — under one percent — of individuals, and it’s expensive to fund navigator programs. The role that they fulfill can also be performed by agents and brokers reimbursed by health insurance plans, which is a better option that saves federal funds for other uses. SneakyPete ..... 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 11*24*18 .....
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    If need be take the money from the grossly bloated military budget. Or trumps golf trips.
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    Nothing to do with Obamacare needs to be funded. It’s going to fall apart soon anyway. Joke of a policy that puts the needs of the few above the needs of the many. Idiotic to say the least
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    I strongly support healthcare and the affordable care act
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    Yes. Every piece of the law should be funded in full. Lack of certainty has created over conservative margin assumptions and unacceptable rate increases.
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    Navigators play an important role in helping individuals navigate the Obamacare marketplace to find the best health insurance plans for themselves. They reach out to under-served communities, help people with language barriers, and provide information about subsidies — all of which improves enrollment rates.
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    ON THE WAY TO A UNIVERSAL SINGLE PAYER HEALTHCARE SYSTEM.
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    If patient navigator is unfunded, that provides the current administration incentive to make the navigator as complex, confusing, and frustrating as possible to provide justification for further cuts in the program.
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    Repeal Obamacare because it was and still is unconstitutional and Socialist!
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    Absolutely!
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    If we want to claim to be the greatest nation in the world, we need to ensure the health of its people. This is not communism. Health insurance, like the police and fire departments, like mortgages, like public education is funded by the pool of people involved, not the individual. Every kind of insurance depends on a large pool of people to drive costs down.
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    As a healthcare professional, I can advise that a healthcare plan (regardless of funding parties) cannot operate in the absence of health navigation services. It'l like buying a car with wheels. You can not have one without the other. This is a question for a subject matter expert, like a healthcare consultant, but is inappropriate for partisan influence or popular opinion.
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    👎🏻👎🏻 H. R. 7202—AKA the ENROLL Act 👎🏻👎🏻 I’m strongly opposed and do not recommend the passage of H. R.7202—AKA the ENROLL Act — would amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) to guarantee funding for Navigator initiatives that help people pick the best health plans for themselves and their families. It’d also boost outreach and educational activities to raise the accessibility of information about coverage options and financial assistance to help purchase coverage. Funding for this bill would come out of the user fees imposed on participating health insurance issuers in insurance marketplaces. In each of the fiscal years 2019 through 2021, the Dept. of Health and Human Services (DHS)  would allocate $100 million of user fee revenue towards Navigator initiatives. Navigators sign up only a small fraction — under one percent — of individuals, and it’s expensive to fund navigator programs. The role that they fulfill can also be performed by agents and brokers reimbursed by health insurance plans, which is a better option that saves federal funds for other uses. SneakyPete ..... 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 11*24*18 .....
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    Yes, ACA has proven to be very beneficial and funding should continue for this specific program.
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    Anything is better than what Trump has to offer.
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    Anything that improves healthcare, but honestly insurance is not affordable and the deductibles are outrageous. The affordable care act has been sabotaged. We should have a single payer system. This game is ridiculous and everyone knows it even though they’ll try to argue against it simply because THEIR political party is against and not actually look at anything pragmatically.
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    Finding the right healthcare program can be difficult and as such should have some way of helping those that know they need health insurance but can’t really understand the jargon related to insurance...there’s plenty of places that we can get the money to fund this...I can think of several off the top of my head....like maybe NOT doing a military parade...the world doesn’t need to see what’s in our arsenal more than they already do
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    Obamacare in general needs to be destroyed. Socialized medicine ultimately hurts healthcare more than it helps. The best way to make healthcare more available and affordable is to deregulate it, open it up further to the free market and allow for competition.
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    And the ACA should be strengthened. Why don’t repugs want everyone to have access to health care?? I really don’t understand them. Plenty of money for $millions in tax cuts for the wealthy but try to get them to fund healthcare for those that need help. Truly a headshaker.
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    The more we support efforts to help people find and purchase affordable health care, the better our country will be in the long run: fewer chronically ill, less emergency room medicine, and shorter hospital stays. It only makes common sense to fund patient navigator programs according to how many people they help. If they aren't helping enough people, then give the funding to ones who are. But don't take away this service.
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    Uninsured people COST MONEY! An an RN who works with an uninsured and underinsured population, the cost of hospitalizing people for preventable disease is something I see on a daily basis. The financial expense of these types of hospitalizations in addition to the loss of days worked (which means a loss of productivity and income for the community) is destructive. Helping people obtain insurance and utilize less expense treatment benefits everyone.
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