One million people signed up for health coverage under a special enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act announced earlier this year, officials said on Tuesday.
“It’s a million more Americans who now have the peace of mind that health insurance provides,” President Joe Biden said in a statement.
He called coverage under the law, sometimes referred to as Obamacare, a lifeline for millions of people.
Biden issued an executive order in late January to open a special registration period from February 15 to May 15. The White House cited the pandemic when announcing the decision.
In March, Biden said that period would be extended until August 15.
The federal ACA insurance market is generally open for a limited annual enrollment period, typically six weeks at the end of the year. Buying a plan outside of this period is usually only allowed after a major change in life circumstances, such as the birth of a child or the loss of a job.
Biden took the opportunity of a million registrations to call again for a measure to cut insurance premiums that were part of a $ 1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief bill signed in March to become permanent.
The White House says these cuts would be made permanent in Biden’s “American Family Plan”; at the moment, they last for two years.
The proposed $ 1.8 trillion global package also includes a universal preschool, two years of free community college, and expanded access to child care.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Criticized the plan as “another gigantic tax and spending colossus” and accused Biden of presenting “a multi-trillion dollar shopping list which was neither designed nor intended to gain bipartisan membership. “