Politics Biden announces 1 million have enrolled in special ObamaCare sign-up period

12:41  11 may  2021
12:41  11 may  2021 Source:   thehill.com

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Health care is a right, not a privilege — and ensuring that every single American has access to the quality, affordable health care they need is a national imperative. Since it became law more than a decade ago, the Affordable Care Act has been a lifeline for millions of Americans. On February 15, my Administration opened HealthCare.gov to provide all Americans the opportunity to sign up for health insurance through a special enrollment period . Less than three months later, I am pleased to announce that one million Americans have signed up .

Biden ’s Obamacare Do-Over: Another Chance to Sign Up , This One More Publicized. Evidence from states that also reopened enrollment suggests it could pull more young, healthy Americans into insurance coverage. President Biden discussing health care and the Affordable Care Act last In December, the last Obamacare enrollment period under the Trump administration closed. Now that the Biden administration has arrived, it’s trying a do-over. The renewed effort reflects the Biden team’s view that the Trump administration did too little to help people find coverage, despite a public health

President Biden announced on Tuesday that one million people have enrolled so far in Affordable Care Act coverage during a special sign-up period his administration created.

Joe Biden wearing a suit and tie: President Joe Biden © Getty Images President Joe Biden

Biden reopened ObamaCare enrollment upon taking office in January, a step that the Trump administration had declined to take after the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Sign-ups are still ongoing until Aug. 15, and Biden urged more people to go to healthcare.gov to enroll.

"That's one million more Americans who now have the peace of mind that comes from having health insurance," Biden said in a statement in making the announcement. "One million more Americans who don't have to lie awake at night worrying about what happens if they or one of their family members gets sick. Through this opportunity for special enrollment, we have made enormous progress in expanding access to health insurance."

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Obamacare sign -ups increase during special enrollment period for COVID-19. WASHINGTON – More than 206,000 Americans signed up for health insurance through the federally run HealthCare.gov in the first two weeks of the three-month special enrollment period created by President Joe Biden , the administration announced Wednesday. That compares with about 76,000 who enrolled during the same period last year, when people could only pick a plan if they had a special circumstance, such as a job loss.

Thousands of people have signed up for ACA coverage, commonly known as Obamacare , during the special enrollment period that Biden ordered from Feb. The second extension will help new and current enrollees take advantage of the enhanced subsidies in the Covid-19 relief package that was signed into law this month. "When I ran for president, I promised I would build on the foundation of the Affordable Care Act. Just 50 days into my administration, we have delivered on that promise with the American Rescue Plan," Biden said Tuesday in a speech in Columbus, Ohio.

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The $1.9 trillion COVID-19-related relief bill that Biden signed in March also included additional financial assistance for Affordable Care Act enrollees to help them pay for their premiums.

Biden also said that since April 1, when the extra subsidies became available, the median ObamaCare plan deductible for new coverage has dropped by nearly 90 percent, to $50.

Part of the next phase of Biden's legislative agenda, the American Families Plan, calls for making this extra financial assistance permanent, beyond the two years for which it is currently scheduled.

"Today's milestone demonstrates that there is a need and a demand for high quality, affordable health insurance across this country," Biden said. "It is up to Congress to hear them, and act quickly to pass the American Families Plan."

However, the American Families Plan left out measures to reduce prescription drug prices and to lower the Medicare eligibility age to 55 or 60, both proposals that are backed by leading Democrats in Congress, who could add them in as the package moves forward.

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“It’s like a light at the end of the tunnel. I’m blown away,” said a woman who was able to afford health insurance for the first time in 12 years.Earlier this year, Hagen, 51, broke her ribs and the resulting hospital stay led to a $1,300 bill. She didn't have enough to pay it, and taking time off to recover only put her further behind.

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