Sept. 15 (UPI) -- The White House said Wednesday that the special six-month enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act allowed nearly 3 million people in the United States to sign up for coverage.
The effort increased total ACA enrollees to 12.2 million.
"In addition to widening access, we are also lowering the cost of healthcare for millions of families thanks to the expanded premium subsidies included in my American Rescue Plan," Biden said in a statement.
"Americans who purchase their coverage through the Affordable Care Act have seen their premiums decrease an average of $67 a month, which is more than $800 each year that can go to groceries, childcare, or other essentials."
The White House said four in 10 U.S. residents who bought new coverage found a plan for $10 per month, or less, and 20 states and Washington, D.C., saw premiums decrease by more than $75 a month.
Out-of-pocket spending also declined, the White House said, with the median deductible for new enrollees dipping by more than 90%.
"These numbers are encouraging but we have more work to do to drive down the cost of health care for all Americans," Biden added. "I urge Congress to act quickly to deliver for the American people to keep up the vital work of expanding access and lowering health care costs across the board, and to continue building on the strong foundation of the Affordable Care Act."
Biden said his agenda will lower prescription drug costs by allowing Medicare to negotiate prices and provide healthcare premium tax cuts for nine million Americans.