President Biden signs executive order to eliminate “family glitch” and expand Affordable Care Act

Published: Apr. 5, 2022 at 5:55 PM EDT
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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - Two Presidents; one executive order.

Presidents Joe Biden and Barrack Obama appeared together at the White House Tuesday, celebrating the 12th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

During the anniversary event, President Biden signed an executive order aimed at increasing access to affordable health care.

According to CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, the order will close the “family glitch”, a loophole in the Affordable Care Act that limits coverage assistance to those who receive healthcare through a family members’ employer.

As it stands, if you have an affordable offer of health care coverage from your employer (less than 10% of your income) you are ineligible to purchase healthcare through the marketplace, which oftentimes is cheaper.

The problem, according to Brooks-LaSure, is that if your workplace offer includes coverage for your family, your spouse and children would become ineligible too-no matter their own financial situation.

“This means more access will have access to affordable care, and spouses and children will be able to get coverage,” said Brooks-LaSure.

According to the White House, around 5 million people have fallen victim to this “family glitch”.

The executive order will allow more people to enroll in the marketplace, by expanding the eligibility for tax credits.

President Barrack Obama made an appearance at the White House for the event. It was his first time back, since he left office in 2017.

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