GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Update: The Affordable Care Act’s open enrollment period is shortened from ninety days to forty-five days.
In recent years, federal dollars helped provide funding for many states.
This year, the Trump Administration slashed the advertising budget for Obamacare by ninety percent.
Funding for counselors who sign up consumers was also cut by nearly fifty percent.
“It seems like weekly somebody is trying to get rid of it, change it,” said Karen Rezmy, ACA recipient.
Experts said social media campaigns and grassroots efforts are helping the enrollment process this year.
2.8 million Americans have currently enrolled in the Affordable Care Act, compared to 2.1 million in the year 2016.
Some say the numbers would be higher it was not for the widespread confusion.
Meanwhile, Republican lawmakers continue to try and repeal and replace Obamacare.
Enrollment starts Wednesday for the 2018 Affordable Care Act.
There are some big changes from enrollment last year.
Some political leaders are calling this enrollment period the most confusing yet.
In fact, 76 percent of Americans don’t know when open enrollment starts.
That’s according to a survey done just a few days ago by PolicyGenius.com
Enrollment starts Wednesday and runs through December 15th.
That’s half the amount of time they had last year.
One local organization, Access east, tasks itself with breaking down the confusion and helping families in the area enroll.
One issue they’ll have is lack of advertising funds from the federal government.
There is also worry of poorly staffed call centers.
Cheryl Hallock, Access East Healthcare coordinator, believes this year is going to the worst yet.
“It is more difficult a lot of people are saying it’s going to be like the first enrollment there’s going to be new challenges, but we are doing our best to anticipate those challenges and compensate for those challenges and have consumers not be affected by those challenges”
Despite the challenges, the center’s goal is to make sure when December 15th rolls around – everyone who needs to be, will be enrolled.
Access east encourages anyone who needs help enrolling to visit their office.
It’s located on Stantonsburg Road in Greenville or you can stop by one of its many open enrollment events from now until December 9th.