Trump Administration Pulls Health Law Help In 18 Cities

CHICAGO (AP) – President Donald Trump’s administration has ended Affordable Care Act contracts that brought assistance into neighborhoods in 18 cities, meaning shoppers on the insurance exchanges will have fewer places to turn for help signing up for coverage.

Community groups say the move was announced to them by contractors last week, and it will further shrink efforts already challenged by a shorter enrollment window and consumer confusion. Some call it an attempt to damage the health law’s marketplaces by a president who has made clear his intention to let “Obamacare” fail.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid officials decided not to renew a final option year on contracts with Cognosante and CSRA. Agency spokeswoman Jane Norris says the contracts were temporary and other federally funded help with enrollment will continue.

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