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Karima Williams (R) of DC Health Link assists barber Cornel Henry (L) with health insurance information during an event for National African American Enrollment Week of Action, an initiative of the White House and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, at Best Cuts Barbershop in Washington January 24, 2015. The Obama administration say they hope to have 9.1 million people enrolled in 2015 coverage under the Affordable Care Act nationwide by the end of the year. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS HEALTH) - GM1EB1P09F601

Trump administration cuts funding for Affordable Care Act sign-up programs

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is announcing sharp cuts in programs promoting health care enrollment under the Affordable Care Act for next year.

In a call with reporters, Health and Human Services officials say advertising will be cut to $10 million for the 2018 open enrollment season. That’s down from $100 million for the 2017 sign-up season.

Funding for consumer helpers called “navigators” will also be cut, from $62.5 million for 2017, to about $36 million for next year.

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Administration officials say the government hasn’t gotten much bang for its buck as far as ACA advertising and the navigator program, with some enrollment centers signing up very few customers.

Democrats are likely to accuse the administration of trying to undermine the program, which President Donald Trump says is going to “implode.”

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