Biden Orders Expanded Health Care on Two Fronts

Grant Boone
January 31, 2021

President Biden signed an executive order Thursday restoring mandates of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid that were undermined under President Trump.

Biden restored USA funding for foreign nongovernmental groups that give information to women about abortions, and also opened a special three-month enrollment period for uninsured Americans who now want to buy health insurance, as well as for those who lost their coverage because of the coronavirus pandemic. That period runs from February 15th through May 15th.

Biden's agenda for healthcare XLV, + 1.46% has always been focused on building the ACA or Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, which reformed America's medical system a decade ago, when it served as Vice President of former President Barack Obama.

During a brief signing ceremony in the Oval Office, Biden said the orders were meant to "undo the damage that Trump has done".

Biden's latest order also lowered recent barriers to obtaining Medicaid, and he signed a proclamation that lifts certain restrictions on funding for abortion in the United States overseas.

Created under the Obama-era Affordable Care Act, the marketplaces offer taxpayer-subsidized coverage regardless of a person's medical history, or preexisting conditions, including COVID-19.

"We applaud President Biden and his team for putting families first and giving them a new opportunity to get the best health and health care they deserve".

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The Biden administration's executive order reopened enrollment on the federal exchanges for the Affordable Care Act.

Congress, controlled by Democrats, is set to move this week on Biden's plan to deliver a fresh infusion of COVID-19 relief to Americans and businesses reeling from the pandemic, which has killed more than 430,000 people in the United States. The policy, reinstated by the Trump administration in 2017, bars worldwide non-governmental organizations that provide abortion counseling or referrals from receiving US funding. The ban on referrals led to Planned Parenthood clinics leaving the program.

The policy was first adopted by former U.S. President Ronald Reagan, a Republican, in 1985.

Known as the Mexico City Policy, this global gag rule bars USA funding to non-profits that provide abortion counseling or referrals.

Another order directs federal agencies to reexamine any demonstrations or waivers under Medicaid and the ACA that may reduce coverage and chiefly mentions work requirements for Medicaid. "By forcing US taxpayers to finance abortions in other countries, the administration is exporting its own ideas of reproductive health into sovereign nations that may not even have cultural acceptance of this practice - a form of ideological neocolonialism". But with the pandemic putting millions of people out of work, the number of uninsured has grown.

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