When I ran for president, I made a promise to the American people that I would build on the historic foundation of the Affordable Care Act to ensure that every American has access to quality, affordable health care. As part of that promise, just a few weeks after taking office, my government opened a special enrollment period through HealthCare.gov to give all Americans the opportunity to sign up for health insurance.
Five months later, the results are clear: Two million Americans have signed up for health insurance reassurance. That’s two million more Americans who can sleep soundly at night and no longer have to worry about their family losing everything to a heart attack, diagnosis of cancer, or an accident. This milestone complements our progress in expanding access to health insurance through vital programs like Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which now covers more than 81 million Americans.
I promised to cut healthcare costs – and that is exactly what we did with my American rescue plan. Thanks to the law, nine million Americans who get their insurance through the Affordable Care Act have lower premiums, saving families an average of $ 50 per person per month – that’s $ 2,400 a year for a typical family of four. In fact, four out of five people can now find a quality plan with a premium of $ 10 or less per month. And my Build Back Better agenda will expand those efforts and make health care more affordable – including the addition of dental, vision, and hearing protection to Medicare; Closing the Medicaid Coverage Gap for Low-Income Americans; and make the American Rescue Plan premium reductions permanent.
With 30 days to the end of the opportunity for special enrollments and more affordable quality plans, now is the time to sign up for health insurance. Today my government is launching a final 30-day Summer Sprint to Coverage campaign to help people and communities across America who still need health insurance to sign up for it. I recommend anyone who is not yet insured to visit HealthCare.gov and register by August 15th. If you already have coverage, help your friends, family, neighbors, and others in your community sign up too.
More than a decade after the groundbreaking passage of the Affordable Care Act, as we emerge from a pandemic of the century, we are on our way to truly making health care a right rather than a privilege. I urge Congress to do its part by getting the critical health reforms on my Build Back Better agenda – and I urge all Americans to read up today.