Oklahoma navigators report more people signing up for insurance under Obamacare

Widespread uncertainty over health reform hasn't kept people from coming for help.
News Story (Oklahoma)

Meg Wingerter
November 19, 2017

Tags: Health Care

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma


Navigators assist customers looking to sign up through the exchange under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. President Donald Trump‘s administration cut funding for navigators by 41 percent nationwide, and by 31 percent in Oklahoma, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak also announced he was looking into the navigator program, though he has yet to lay out specific allegations.

Davis, who works with Legal Aid Services, said the uncertainty hasn’t stopped people from coming to enroll, and she’s had more clients than this time last year. Most people who come to her aren’t familiar with computers and need help using the HealthCare.gov website to determine how much they might have to pay for a plan that includes their doctors, she said.