ACA Open Enrollment Extended, Medicaid Work Requirements

The most recent COVID-19-related stimulus package included substantial subsidies for healthcare coverage (see above). It builds on the several healthcare-related executive orders Pres. Biden signed within his first weeks office, including one on Strengthening Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act. The Department of Health and Human Services announced a special enrollment period for uninsured and underinsured individuals to access coverage through the Federal Marketplace between February 15 and May 15, along with $50 million for an outreach campaign. Just last week, the administration announced it would extend the open enrollment period by three more months, allowing more Americans time to sign up for health coverage using the subsidies included in the American Rescue Plan passed by Congress earlier in March. The executive order also called for the immediate review of agency actions under President Trump, with the Biden administration recently notifying states that it is withdrawing approvals for Medicaid work requirements.

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