President Joe Biden who has been active strongly in promoting health insurance stated that it should be a right for every American citizen and not only available for the wealthy lot. The current health insurance scheme under the Biden era would come to an end in 2022 if the Parliament doesn’t extend it.
Biden Helps 14.5 Million People Get Healthcare Under Obama Law
One of the main agendas of Biden’s plan was to lower the premium amount to be paid towards health insurance but add more options for the person and his family under the same scheme.
The department of Health and Human Services stated that the percentage of uninsured went down from 10.3 to 8.9% by September 2021 due to this scheme. However, for this to go lower Congress would need to extend Biden’s bill after 2022 else the percentage of uninsured would go up to 18.0% by the start of 2023.
Obamacare is also known as ACA aims to give health insurance to people whose employers are not in a position to provide one. This accounts for 14% of the total working class ranging from different diversities of jobs.
Similar findings were for the free at-home test kits. As per the reports from the White House, more than 60 million people have ordered at-home test kits, and the health care provider would reimburse the money. This move by Biden was appreciated by both Congress and the democratic party as well. Earlier the test kits used to cost between $7 to $15, which was too costly for a normal household.
Now with this scheme, all families can avail 4 free test kits every month and the Congress is working to raise this number to 8 as every household has one person who goes out for work and would be needed to test every 4 to 5 days.
The website through which people can order the free at-home test kits is covidtest.gov, and once the order is placed, it would take 7 to 12 days to deliver it via post.
The method is highly effective as government can keep track of which family has ordered how many units and can also be used by the health insurance provider to cross verify the reimbursement claims as well.
People who do not have insurance coverage can still get the free at-home test kits from any o the government hospitals. However, people would need to call ahead of time to know when the test kits will be distributed, which is a hassle as many of the people have to travel long distances to the nearest government hospital.
Schools in the US are now demanding that teachers and students produce a negative RT-PCR test result to enter the school premises.
Many of the schools in California have also asked the students to get vaccinated as this would be a mandate shortly. This has caused quite a spur between parents and school authorities as many of the parents are still reluctant to get their kids vaccinated.
Schools are conducting additional seminars highlighting the importance of getting vaccinated and how wearing masks can help them in the long run.
Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director for CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) stated that educating people is the only way to get them vaccinated rather than forcing them to do so.
CDC stated that the number of people coming up for vaccination has now remained stagnant as there is no increase and senators of the state should encourage more people to come forward