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Nearly 3 million Americans sign up for healthcare during special enrollment period By Reuters

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By Nandita Bose

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Nearly three million Americans have signed up for health insurance on the U.S. government website Healthcare.gov during a special enrollment period that began on Feb. 15, President Joe Biden said in a statement on Wednesday.

Biden (a Democrat) reopened the online marketplace for health insurance to allow more Americans to access the Affordable Care Act benefits, commonly known as Obamacare.

This special enrollment period ran from Aug. 15 to August 15.

“The peace of mind that comes from having affordable, quality health coverage should be a right — not a privilege — for every American,” Biden said.

Biden claimed that 12,2 million Americans were enrolled under the Affordable Healthcare Act. That is an incredible number.

He said that more than 4 out 10 Americans who enrolled in the Affordable Care Act during this special enrollment period had a plan costing $10 per month.

Premiums decreased by over $75 per month in twenty states and District of Columbia. Biden stated that out-of-pocket expenses also fell with the median annual deductible drop of more than 90% from $750 to $50 for new enrollees.

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