Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, there were 27.5 million Americans without health insurance, an unacceptable number that was exacerbated as the pandemic reached its peak. Determined to ensure that low- and middle-income Americans had access to health insurance when they needed it the most, the federal government implemented several policies that led to 5.2 million additional individuals attaining coverage since 2020 and a historic national uninsured rate of eight percent — compared to 2016’s prior low of nine percent according to a recent report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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