January 28, 2021

Manchin Applauds President Biden's Executive Order To Reopen ACA Enrollment For Uninsured Americans

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded President Biden’s Executive Order to open the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for a Special Enrollment Period from February 15th to May 15th to allow uninsured Americans to apply for coverage during the COVID-19 pandemic that has taken the lives of nearly 2,000 West Virginians and over 427,000 Americans. 

“Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, I pushed the Trump Administration to reopen the ACA online marketplace. This would have allowed Americans – who lost their coverage through no fault of their own – apply for health insurance, but they wouldn’t budge,” said Senator Manchin. “Within the first two weeks of his Administration, President Biden has announced an ACA Special Enrollment Period. Now, families will have access to the online marketplace, giving many Americans immediate peace of mind knowing their loved ones will have healthcare during this global health crisis. I am pleased with President Biden’s announcement and will continue to work closely with the Administration to help West Virginians receive critical healthcare coverage during these difficult times.”

In August 2020, Senator Manchin called for the Trump Administration to create a special enrollment period for Americans impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In April 2020, Senator Manchin urged the Trump Administration to reopen ACA enrollment to help West Virginians apply for health insurance.