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People looking for health insurance amid the Omicron surge must sign up for taxpayer-subsidized private insurance under the Obama-era Affordable Care Act by Saturday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, file)

People looking for health insurance in the face of the Omicron surge must sign up for taxpayer-subsidized private health insurance under the Obama-era Affordable Care Act by Saturday.

President Joe Biden’s administration is on track to deliver solid enrollment numbers, but those gains could turn into a mirage Congressional Democrats remain hampered by Biden’s social agenda package. Biden’s coronavirus relief bill has provided generous subsidy increases that will benefit new and returning customers. The bloated support will disappear by the end of this year without further action from Congress.

“The determinant of whether this is a sustainable increase in enrollment is whether the subsidy will be extended,” said Cynthia Cox, who follows health insurance trends at the non-partisan Kaiser Family Foundation. “The biggest threat to enrollment would be if these subsidies expire.” Millions of people could double their monthly premiums and deductibles would also skyrocket.

Xavier Becerra, Minister for Health and Human Services, said on Thursday that as of January 8, about 14.1 million people had taken out or renewed their insurance. This is an increase of around 2 million insured persons HealthCare.gov and government insurance marketplaces. Two GOP-run states — Florida and Texas — are seeing particularly strong enrollments.

“Reliable healthcare at affordable prices is within reach,” said Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which directs the program. Due to the Obama Health Care Act, or ACA, people cannot be denied health insurance because of medical problems.

Along with improved subsidies, the Biden administration has also focused more energy on public relations, increasing the number of enrollment advisors and stepping up advertising.

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

About 9 in 10 US citizens currently have health insurance through a mix of employer, public and individual plans, but 28 million people remain uninsured even with the COVID-19 pandemic in its third year. Most uninsured people would be entitled to taxpayer-subsidized coverage, and surveys show many are simply unaware of this.

People who register by Saturday are insured from February 1st.

After January 15th Individuals still looking for cover need a specific reason, such as B. job loss or change in family circumstances, are entitled to a special enrollment period.

Federal officials recommend that deadline postponers register by midnight local time in their community.

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