Researchers Blame Legislators For Low Obamacare Enrollment

Roughly 1 percent of Missouri residents have purchased a health insurance plan through the state marketplace, and university researchers say the state legislature’s reluctance to implement the Affordable Care Act is one reason for the low enrollment.

The Missouri legislature last year passed an act that defined the role of the marketplace “navigator” and required that people or organizations filling the role be licensed. More navigator restrictions are now being considered in the General Assembly.

A recent study by George Washington University found evidence that navigators in states with limited implementation of the Affordable Care Act struggle more to enroll people in plans.

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