Chairman Scott Applauds Biden-Harris Administration’s Actions to Strengthen the Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON – Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the Biden-Harris Administration announced actions to strengthen the Affordable Care Act, including by eliminating one barrier – the “family glitch” – which has prevented some workers from accessing tax credits to purchase affordable coverage for their families.

“Today’s announcement will expand access to affordable health care coverage to more than five million Americans. For 12 years, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has provided affordable, high-quality health care coverage to millions of people and, as a result, the uninsured rate has significantly declined. Despite its success, many workers and their families have been locked out of premium tax credits due to a previous interpretation of “affordable” by the Internal Revenue Service. By fixing this unintended glitch, the Administration is helping lower health care costs for millions of families.

“This announcement builds upon historic actions previously taken by the Biden-Harris Administration and Congressional Democrats to strengthen the ACA and expand access to affordable coverage. Thanks to the American Rescue Plan, during the last open enrollment period a record 14.5 million Americans – including three million new consumers – enrolled in health care coverage through the ACA and State-Based Marketplaces.  

“I applaud the Biden-Harris Administration for today’s announcement and look forward to continuing these historic efforts to provide every American affordable, high-quality health care coverage.”

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