The Biden administration is extending a special enrollment period for Obamacare so people can take advantage of new health insurance subsidies.
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Americans can now sign up for health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) until 15 August. The window to sign up for insurance through the program normally closes on 15 February, but the Department of Health and Human Services has initially moved the deadline to May, before extending it to the summer.
The extension will give Americans who lost health coverage during the pandemic more time to sign up, and allow more Americans to take advantage of new federal subsidies to reduce insurance premiums granted via the coronavirus relief package.
Asked about the push from senators Tammy Duckworth and Mazie Hirono for Joe Biden to appoint more AAPI to his administration, and the senators’ pledge to vote against Biden nominees until the president pays heed, Biden dodged:
“We have the most diverse cabinet in history. We have a lot of Asian Americans that are in the cabinet and in sub-cabinet levels,” he said, according to the White House press pool reports.Continue reading...
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is extending the Affordable Care Act special enrollment period by three months to August 15, the Biden administration announced Tuesday.
The $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill expands subsidies for private insurance plans. That will lighten the burden on consumers, but it locks taxpayers into yet more support for the health care industry.
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In Washington, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on reducing gun violence in the wake of the latest mass shooting in the United States.
Two federal appeals courts issued conflicting rulings on whether Obamacare can pay for insurance premiums bought on exchanges set up by the federal government. The ultimate ruling will affect millions of Americans enrolled under Obamacare. Jan Crawford reports from the Supreme Court.
More than 200,000 have used a special enrollment period to sign up for health insurance under the act, while Alabama and Wyoming eye the law’s Medicaid expansion.
Democrats unveiled a bill Wednesday that would reverse the Supreme Court's recent ruling that some companies don't have to follow the Obamacare mandate requiring large firms to help pay for their employees' birth control.
The Supreme Court ruling on birth control and the Affordable Care Act has upset women's rights groups. The case pitted women's rights against religious freedom, and supporters say this is an important victory in protecting religious rights from government interference. Jan Crawford reports.