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Biden Administration Announces 500,000 New Sign-Ups At

So this is what it looks like when the people in charge of the Affordable Care Act want it to reach as many people as possible.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Wednesday announced that, between mid-February and the end of March, more than 500,000 Americans had signed up for coverage on , the federal online marketplace that the Affordable Care Act created for people buying insurance on their own.

That timeframe corresponds with the first six weeks of a “special enrollment period” that the Biden administration created. Normally, enrollment at is confined to the last few weeks of the calendar year, as it typically is for employer policies.

People who lose coverage because of unemployment, divorce or other major life events have always been able to get coverage at any time, even if it’s outside the normal enrollment window. But with the pandemic highlighting the importance of health care, and so many people out of work, the Biden administration decided to open up enrollment to all comers again.

“Access to quality, affordable health care is essential — especially as we tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath,” HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said Wednesday.

Initially, the Biden administration […]

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