The Biden administration is holding an unprecedented open enrollment session for the Affordable Care Act or the ACA. Harold Weber is an Insurance Navigator at the Athens Neighborhood Health Center. He provides some details.
"Because of so many people losing their job, and connected to that losing their health insurance, the Biden Administration thought that it would be extremely helpful for a large portion of the population that is under duress because of the economy."
Participants could see additional benefits as part of President Biden’s proposed, nearly $2 trillion-dollar economic boost plan.
"If that bill is passed, and those features remain intact, the premiums for the Affordable Care Act will be greatly reduced for many people. The examples I saw were less than half of what they are now because they raised the subsidy in this package.
Weber says this time around, subsidies will expand to help middle-class families in need of assistance.
"I'm really excited to see just how much they're going to try to subsidize middle-income people. All those features remain to be seen, and are totally dependent on if the bill passes or not."
The open enrollment session runs through May 15th. It’s usually a six-week session.