2.8 million people sign up for health insurance when enrolling for COVID-19, Biden says
WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday that 2.8 million consumers have taken advantage of a special six-month period to purchase private health insurance coverage made more affordable by his COVID-19 relief law.
He called the number encouraging and urged Congress to help reduce health care costs.
âThat’s 2.8 million families who will have more safety, more room to breathe and more money in their pockets if an illness or accident hits their home,â Biden said. “A total of 12.2 million Americans are actively enrolled for coverage under the Affordable Care Act – a historic record.”
Biden ordered the HealthCare.gov The market will reopen on February 15 for six months, until August 15, to give people who have lost their jobs and health care benefits due to the pandemic the opportunity to purchase coverage for themselves and their families. families.
That coverage then became more affordable in April due to increased subsidies in the COVID-19 relief law, which attracted even more registrations.
Biden said a record 12.2 million people are now covered by the Affordable Care Act.
The Obama-era law, enacted in 2010, aims to make health coverage more affordable by providing nationally subsidized private insurance for people who do not obtain such insurance through their employer. The law also extended Medicaid to low-income adults, and most states have done so.
President Joe Biden delivers remarks at a press conference on the grounds of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) September 14, 2021 in Arvada, Colorado. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson / MediaNews Group / The Denver Post via Getty Images)
The two components cover about 27 million people, according to the non-partisan Kaiser Family Foundation.
Biden said Wednesday that grants from his COVID-19 relief law have helped reduce premiums by about $ 67 per month for people who purchase coverage through the Affordable Care Act, and that 4 in 10 consumers who bought during the special sign-up window found plans for $ 10 per month or less.
Personal expenses have also declined, he said.
Biden, who was vice president when the Affordable Care Act came into law and wants to expand it, also called on Congress to do more to help lower health care costs, including making the improved subsidies permanent, acting on its proposals to reduce prescription drug costs. and free Medicare to negotiate drug prices. The subsidized grants are only valid until 2022.
The regular annual registration season for the Affordable Care Act will not restart until November 1.
Associated Press writer Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar contributed to this report