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Statement by President Biden on 2.8 Million Americans Gaining Health Care in the 2021 Special Enrollment Period

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The peace of mind that comes from having affordable, quality health coverage should be a right—not a privilege—for every American. For the past decade, the Affordable Care Act has allowed millions of Americans to sleep more soundly at night, knowing that they will be covered should the worst occur.

When I ran for President, I promised to protect and build on the historic foundation of the Affordable Care Act. That’s why, on February 15 th , my administration opened HealthCare.gov for a Special Enrollment Period to allow all Americans—particularly those who had lost their coverage through no fault of their own during the pandemic—to find a quality, affordable health plan.

Six months later, I am pleased to report that 2.8 million more Americans have gained access to reliable health coverage through HealthCare.gov and state-based marketplaces. That’s 2.8 million families who will have more security, more breathing room, and more money in their pocket if an illness or accident hits home. Altogether, 12.2 million Americans are actively enrolled in coverage under the Affordable Care Act—an all-time high.

In addition to widening access, we are also lowering the cost of health care for millions of families thanks to the expanded premium subsidies included in […]

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