Following Pappas’s Advocacy, Biden Administration Reopens ACA Marketplace
Following repeated calls by Congressman Chris Pappas (NH-01) to open a special enrollment period in the federal health care marketplace under the ACA, including leading over 100 members of Congress in a letter to the Secretary of Health and Human Services at the start of the pandemic, President Biden today signed an executive order reopening the federal marketplace. This action will give Granite Staters access to plans for themselves and their families at a critical time.
Consumers will be able to sign up from February 15 to May 15 at www.HealthCare.gov.
This action is particularly important for New Hampshire, which is one of the 38 states covered by the federal exchange. The Department of Health and Human Services has previously opened federal enrollment periods following other disasters such as Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Dorian.
“I applaud the Biden Administration’s executive order today reopening ACA health care marketplaces so that Granite Staters can access insurance for themselves and their families during this global health crisis,” said Congressman Chris Pappas. “As Congress works to ensure that our communities have all the resources they need to defeat this virus, it is critical that Americans are able to get access to quality, affordable insurance and health care. At the start of this pandemic, I led over 100 of my House colleagues calling for this step to be taken, and I’m pleased that the new Administration has heeded our calls. By taking the crucial step of opening the federal exchanges, Granite Staters will have the ability to protect not only themselves and their families but our communities as a whole.”
On March 13, 2020, Congressmen Chris Pappas (NH-01), Lloyd Doggett (TX-35), and Ted Lieu (CA-33) and over 100 lawmakers urged Secretary Alex Azar to utilize his authority to establish a Special Enrollment Period for patients to seek ACA Marketplace coverage during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Congressman Pappas has consistently voted to protect and strengthen the affordable care act. On the very first day of the 116th Congress, Pappas voted to empower House Counsel to intervene in court to defend the Affordable Care Act and protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions. He also supported House Resolution 271, to condemn the Administration’s attacks on Americans’ health. The budget deal passed in December included provisions that would prevent attacks by the Administration on auto-enrollment and silver loading in the individual market.
He has supported legislation that will lower premiums, strengthen patient protections, and a crackdown on junk plans that could send New Hampshire families right into bankruptcy. Last year, the House passed H.R. 3, which makes historic reforms to drive down the costs of prescription drugs while expanding and strengthening Medicare. That package included a provision authored by Rep. Pappas - Advancing Enrollment and Reducing Drug Costs Act - which makes prescription drugs more accessible for low-income seniors.