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house Bill H.R. 4784

Should $300 Million Be Spent Each Year on Obamacare Outreach?

Argument in favor

Obamacare marketing has been massively underfunded by the Trump administration, and it’s necessary to put more funds into helping people enroll in health insurance to expand health insurance coverage and stabilize the marketplaces.

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12/14/2018
Why not?...until we (Congress) can come up w/ something better...like most of the other major countries on the world already have😁
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Brian's Opinion
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12/14/2018
I believe that until we eliminate the necessity of the health insurance industry, we need to do everything we can to get people to buy comprehensive health insurance in order to relieve the burden of uninsured and underinsured on the healthcare system. Therefore, the money we should responsibly spend (audits are essential) on marketing good health insurance plans such as the Affordable Care Act plans are necessary. The Republican efforts to undermine the ACA and force people to buy lesser plans or drop insurance altogether are just ruining healthcare for all Americans.
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John's Opinion
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12/14/2018
Fund this while moving quickly toward universal single payer healthcare, cradle to grave.
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Argument opposed

The navigator programs that this bill seeks to fund are poorly run and inefficient. There’s also evidence that funds meant for ACA outreach may have been misspent — so there’s a possibility that funds appropriated under this bill might suffer the same issue.

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12/14/2018
Are you kidding me? Obamacare enrollment has gone down because most people don’t want it! It doesn’t help them. Everyone is aware of it, so don’t you think if it were so great that everyone would get it? It’s a money sucking joke.
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12/14/2018
Close Obamacare down! It is another bottomless money pit.
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12/14/2018
Obamacare has been the worst thing to happen for healthcare in this country.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Health
    IntroducedJanuary 11th, 2018

What is House Bill H.R. 4784?

This bill — known as the ACA OUTREACH Act — would make a $1.2 billion investment over a four-year period in order to fund outreach activities by the federal health insurance marketplaces, state-run health insurance marketplaces, and local advocacy organizations to encourage health coverage enrollment — particularly among minority, rural, and underserved communities, people with disabilities, and young adults.

This bill would appropriate $300 million per year for ACA navigator grants and outreach and promotional activities for the next four fiscal years. Each year, it provides:

  • $100 million for grants to navigator programs, which provide funding to organizations that educate consumers and facilitate enrollment during the Annual Open Enrollment Periods;

  • $100 million for outreach and promotional activities by the federal government in states with a federally-facilitated health insurance marketplace; and

  • $100 million for grants to states with a state-based marketplace to enhance outreach activities.

It’d also require that outreach and promotional activities specifically target populations that are most likely to be uninsured, such as young adults, African-Americans, Hispanics, and low-income Americans.

This bill’s full title is the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Outreach for the Uninsured, Transformative Recruitment, and Enrollment Action for Compassionate Healthcare (OUTREACH) Act.

Impact

Insurance purchasers; uninsured populations; ACA marketplaces; navigator programs; ACA promotional activities; and the ACA.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 4784

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthRep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) introduced this bill to increase federal funding for outreach activities by the federal health insurance marketplaces, state-run health insurance marketplaces, and local advocacy organizations to encourage health coverage enrollment, particularly among minority, rural, and underserved communities, people with disabilities, and young adults: 

“Our health care system is under attack by a president, administration, and Republican-controlled Congress that – after numerous failed attempts to repeal Obamacare – are sabotaging it for political gain. My legislation seeks to reverse their vindictive efforts to undermine and de-stabilize our health care system by ensuring that all consumers are provided with the information they need to make timely and well-informed decisions when purchasing health coverage through the federal and state-run marketplaces… I am proud to introduce legislation that not only increases funding for promotional activities… but also takes steps to increase enrollment in underserved communities, lower health care premiums, and ensure a stable health insurance marketplace nationwide.”

Judicial Watch, an American conservative activist group, calls this bill a “preposterous measure” to fund a “fraud-infested Obamacare ‘outreach’ program” that the organization contends is neither effective nor well-run:

“The Obamacare navigator program was rife with fraud and corruption and Judicial Watch sued HHS back in 2014 to obtain records that the agency refused to provide under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). In 2013, the Obama administration gave dozens of leftists organizations a whopping $67 million to help people ‘navigate’ health insurance exchanges that weren’t even fully established. In a ‘culturally competent manner’ the so-called navigators were tasked with helping people shop for and enroll in plans that would eventually be available on the federal government market places. The money was divided between 105 mostly leftist groups that assisted and recruited the uninsured to sign up for coverage and understand their options… Some of the navigator money went to a labor front group called Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York headed by an illegal immigrant activist named Maria Marroquin. The group received navigator funds shortly after Marroquin, an illegal alien from Peru, had been arrested for participating in disruptive demonstrations protesting the deportation of fellow undocumented immigrants and demanding amnesty. Besides the outrage of hiring an illegal immigrant to promote a U.S. government program, it’s equally disturbing to know that navigators have access to the sensitive personal information of healthcare enrollees… Navigator funds also went to a nonprofit (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN)) with such a huge history of corruption that Congress issued a federal funding ban.”

This bill has been referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health with the support of 38 cosponsors, all of whom are Democrats.  


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Summary by Lorelei Yang

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AKA

ACA OUTREACH Act

Official Title

To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to provide funding for American Health Benefit Exchanges navigator programs and outreach and promotional activities.

    Why not?...until we (Congress) can come up w/ something better...like most of the other major countries on the world already have😁
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    Are you kidding me? Obamacare enrollment has gone down because most people don’t want it! It doesn’t help them. Everyone is aware of it, so don’t you think if it were so great that everyone would get it? It’s a money sucking joke.
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    I believe that until we eliminate the necessity of the health insurance industry, we need to do everything we can to get people to buy comprehensive health insurance in order to relieve the burden of uninsured and underinsured on the healthcare system. Therefore, the money we should responsibly spend (audits are essential) on marketing good health insurance plans such as the Affordable Care Act plans are necessary. The Republican efforts to undermine the ACA and force people to buy lesser plans or drop insurance altogether are just ruining healthcare for all Americans.
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    Fund this while moving quickly toward universal single payer healthcare, cradle to grave.
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    Close Obamacare down! It is another bottomless money pit.
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    Obamacare has been the worst thing to happen for healthcare in this country.
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    Medicare for all! I’m a voter in Ohio’s 12th congressional district and I support this bill.
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    Ummm...no. This bill does nothing but prop up an Obamacare program that was just a redistribution of wealth, that financially hurt more people than it proposed to help, and created fraud and abuse from its inception—lining the pockets of left wing organizations. And, I’m sorry, people have to take some responsibility for accessing healthcare and healthcare information. Everyone and their grandmother accesses the Internet. TV commercials, radio ads, brochures at public offices, senior centers, libraries, banks, etc all serve to inform. I live in a rural area, so I know. Use the money to serve our vets. Hell, I’d rather the money be donated to rural free clinics, than used to promote navigation of information. Maxine Waters, why don’t you help the constituents in your district. THEY are in dire need, while you don’t even live in the district, and have amassed millions $$$$ over the years on a Congressional salary. So just how does that happen? Through legislation like this, folks, that’s how!
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    Until we have Medicare-for-all, absolutely! We need to undo the damage that this criminal presidency has done to the ACA.
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    If we had Medicare for all, this question is moot.
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    “We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.” ― Benjamin Franklin
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    No. #MAGA
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    😔 Sadly No Way Folks I’m opposed to the current navigator programs which this bill seeks to fund as they are poorly run and inefficient. There’s also evidence that funds meant for ACA outreach may have been misspent — so there’s a strong possibility that funds appropriated under this bill, will most likely suffer the same issue. Another wasteful social spending program paid for by the 50% of American Taxpayers for the 50% non payer and illegal immigrants. SneakyPete..... 👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻. 12*14*18.....
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    Why should any funds be put toward Obamacare when my ACA premiums will still be at $2000 a month. “Affordable” Care Act, what a joke!
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    We, the people, only want the level of health care that you, our elected representatives enjoy. Healthcare is a human right. All the talk of death panels is profoundly suspicious when the party of Individual-1 revpeatedly attempted to deny healthcare to all but wealthy ‘white’ men likes them selves. Women are to serve as Handmaids and all of us are to quietly die so that they can have more profits to enjoy. We need Medicare for all, like the rest of the industrialized nations enjoy, not more ploys to kill Americans through denying health care. Help!
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    Actually we need universal healthcare to be a truly civilized and compassionate society
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    No. Not another dime!
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    Yes! Anything is better than what Trump has to offer.
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    Trump cut the marketing and public information outreach by 90%. Republicans won’t stop until they kill this program that millions depend on. Restore the funds to the level before Trump got his greedy hands on them. Then work to implement Medicare for all.
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    Seriously? Just REPEAL it already! It's so bad you can't PUNISH people into participating!
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