WASHINGTON— Today, President Biden signed a series of executive actions that will help expand and strengthen access to affordable healthcare for millions of Americans. The actions will direct federal agencies to re-examine existing rules and policies that are barriers to accessing quality care, reopen the Affordable Care Act insurance marketplace for a special enrollment period, and move to strengthen Medicaid by ending policies that restrict healthcare access for our most vulnerable communities. In response, Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva issued the following statement:
“With no immediate end in sight for the COVID-19 pandemic, these executive actions are important first steps to ensuring that all Americans have access to quality, affordable healthcare during this public health crisis. They reverse some of the damage done by the Trump Administration and prevent states like Arizona from implementing harmful changes to Medicaid. While countless Americans have lost coverage during the pandemic, these orders will reopen the marketplace so they have the opportunity to find affordable coverage to prepare for any unexpected health emergency. Healthcare is a right, and I will be working in Congress on solutions that solidify access to affordable care and move toward universal coverage.”
Under the executive actions, the special enrollment period will be open from February 15th to May 15th.