President Biden announced Tuesday that one million Americans signed up for health insurance through HealthCare.gov during a special enrollment period that started on Feb. 15, Fox News reports.
The White House issued a statement that also credited Biden’s American Rescue Plan for lowering insurance premiums for nine million Americans.
“This milestone reinforces what we know to be true, there is a real demand for quality, affordable health care across the United States,” Biden said. The opportunity to sign up for the Affordable Care Act plans will be available until Aug. 15.
Biden, a Democrat, re-opened the country’s online health insurance marketplace earlier this year to give more Americans a chance to take advantage of benefits provided under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
“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 said in a statement.
When Biden took office, there were more than 20 million people covered by the Obama-era law. In April, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated that about 33 million Americans were uninsured. The CBO estimated that 3 million lost their coverage during the COVID-19 pandemic.