President Biden announced on Tuesday that one million people had enrolled so far in Affordable Care Act coverage during a special sign-up period his administration created.
The president opened a special enrollment period in February, shortly after taking office. Former President Trump had declined to open enrollments back up, even as hundreds of thousands of Americans were losing access to their health insurance due to loss of employment during the height of the pandemic.
“That’s one million more Americans who now have the peace of mind that comes from having health insurance,” Biden said in a statement.
“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.”
Biden also announced that due to the subsidies made available by The American Rescue Plan, premiums for nine million Americans who buy their coverage through the Affordable Care Act were lowered, saving families an average of $50 per person per month.
“Americans are also seeing lower out-of-pocket costs. Since April 1, the median deductible for Americans signing up for new coverage on HealthCare.gov has dropped by nearly 90 percent, to just $50.”
Enrollment runs through August 15th at healthcare.gov.