Washington, D.C. –  Matt Eyles, president and CEO of America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), issued this statement following President Biden’s Executive Order designed to ensure that more Americans can obtain coverage as the nation continues to work to overcome the COVID-19 crisis:

Every American deserves access to affordable, comprehensive health coverage and high-quality care. We applaud President Biden for his swift actions to create more pathways for Americans to obtain coverage that is so essential to their health, well-being and peace of mind.

We applaud the call for a targeted special enrollment period that is accompanied by robust consumer outreach and education, which will provide an additional opportunity for hardworking Americans to obtain comprehensive coverage for themselves and their families. We also support the elimination of barriers for low-income adults to obtain Medicaid coverage, which is particularly essential in the midst of a pandemic.

From the start of the COVID-19 crisis, health insurance providers have taken decisive action. Working together with federal, state, and local leaders and our private-sector partners, we are committed to strengthening coverage and ensuring that costs are not a barrier to care for the virus. Health insurance providers stand ready to implement the guidance that will follow this executive order.