More Than 528,000 Americans Got Covered in First Six Weeks

Washington, DC — Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a report showing more than 528,000 Americans signed up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act Marketplace during the first six weeks of the special enrollment period President Biden enacted after taking office. According to Politico, “HHS data suggests a more diverse set of enrollees during this time period than in previous years. About 17 percent of sign-ups came from Black Americans, compared to 11 percent in 2020 and 2019. A larger proportion of lower-income Americans have bought plans for the first time compared to previous years.” In response, Protect Our Care Chair Leslie Dach issued the following statement:

“These numbers show that Americans need and want affordable health insurance, and thanks to President Biden and the Democrats in Congress, they can get it. The American Rescue Plan made health insurance more affordable for millions, and because President Biden is promoting his extended special enrollment period for the federal Marketplace, more and more Americans are learning they have access to low or zero premium coverage thanks to the new law. These monumental steps taken by President Biden and Democrats in Congress are already saving Americans money and making them healthier — both especially important as we continue to battle this pandemic.”