As omicron surges, HealthCare.gov sign-up deadline arrives

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People looking for health insurance in the grip of the Omicron boom will have to sign up for taxpayer-subsidized private coverage under the Obama-era Affordable Care Act by Saturday.

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President Joe Biden’s administration is on track to deliver strong nomination numbers, but those gains could turn into a mirage if congressional Democrats stick to Biden’s social agenda package. Biden’s coronavirus relief bill is providing a generous subsidy increase that benefits new and returning customers. The juiced-up aid will end later this year without further Congressional action.

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Health and Human Services Secretary Javier Becerra said Thursday that about 14.1 million people have enrolled or renewed as of January 8. That’s a benefit of about 2 million covered through HealthCare.gov and state-run insurance marketplaces. Two GOP-led states — Florida and Texas — are seeing particularly strong sign-ups.

“Trustworthy health care coverage is accessible at affordable rates,” said Chiquita Brooks-Lasur, chief of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Because of the Obama health law, or ACA, people cannot be denied coverage because of medical problems.

In addition to better subsidies, the Biden administration has also focused more energy on outreach, increasing the number of enrollment advisers, and pushing advertising.

“This is mostly good news for the administration,” Cox said.

Coverage for people who sign up by Saturday will be effective February 1.

After January 15, those still looking for coverage will need a specific reason, such as losing a job or a change in family circumstances, to qualify for a special enrollment period.

Federal officials recommend that deadline day delayers enroll by midnight local time in their community.

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