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President Biden reopens ACA enrollment to increase access to health care

Joe Biden
Posted at 8:55 PM, Jan 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-28 21:55:08-05

MILWAUKEE — If you have lost health care insurance because of the pandemic, there is now an option to get coverage. President Biden is giving people the chance to get insurance through the Affordable Care Act by reopening the sign-up time period.

"As we continue to battle COVID-19, it is even more critical that Americans have meaningful access to health care," said President Biden.

Sen. Tammy Baldwin knows that having health insurance can mean the difference between going bankrupt or paying your bills.

She supports President Biden's executive order to reopen the marketplace starting Feb. 15 for three months, to allow people who may have lost their jobs to sign up for taxpayer-subsidized health coverage under the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare.

"There are credits that are available to help people afford their premiums," said Sen. Baldwin, "and so it's specially designed for people who have had a disruption in their work lives, in their income."

The pandemic has been disruptive, but Rep. Mike Gallagher says the road to recovery is getting more people vaccinated. Right now, the Green Bay Republican says the state has not done a good job with distribution.

"I tend to think, even in the worst-case projections in terms of bungling the vaccine distributions, we are going to arrive at some form of herd immunity by May, " said Gallagher, "and already we are at a point where schools should be back open."

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