Local navigators receive questions after Trump signs healthcare repeal


WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – In his first official act, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to begin the prompt repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

It’s a move that local healthcare navigators said could be impacting enrollment.

“We have seen a number of declines in enrollment or people asking for assistance in enrollment in the last couple of weeks,” said Juven Nava, Healthcare Navigator with GraceMed.

Nava said any changes made by the Trump administration could have broad impact on all Americans, including those who get employer-provided insurance, and those who are covered through the marketplace.

“All those regulations could definitely change, and it could change for a lot of individuals who covered at the moment.”

But for those who sign up for coverage through the marketplace by January 31st, can expect to be covered through all of 2017.

“Contraceptives, things like that, it just depends on what changes they would make within the policy but that would not take effect into 2018,” said Nava.

“I am like everyone else, I do not know what the repeal and replace means,” said Physician Alberto Carro.

Carro said it’s just too early to tell how he, his fellow physicians, and patients will be affected. He’s telling his patients to be calm and plan their visits as normal.

“There is a lot of fear right now, we just need to wait,” said Carro.

Barbara Pincaire, a patient, said that’s exactly what she’s planning to do.

“One of the key things is the pre-existing conditions, is people being able to continue having coverage for their pre-existing conditions, and I don’t see anything that is going to change with that regard.”

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