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Obamacare enrollment reopens amid COVID-19 pandemic

The Department of Health and Human Services will reopen insurance enrollment on HealthCare.gov beginning Monday through May 15, giving a new coverage opportunity to Americans who lost their jobs and employer-based insurance during the pandemic. The annual open enrollment for the plans ended in December in most states. Nearly 9 million uninsured Americans could get free or subsidized health insurance through the special enrollment period, according to the nonpartisan health research organization Kaiser Family Foundation.Former President Donald Trump had resisted calls for a special enrollment period for people who became uninsured during the pandemic and repeatedly sought to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration’s signature health care reform law. 

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