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President Biden in the Oval Office. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

The Biden administration plans to launch a massive campaign Thursday to get more Americans to sign up for the Affordable Care Act — 30 days before the Aug. 15 deadline to do so.

Driving the news: Administration officials announced Wednesday more than 2 million people have signed up for health insurance during the special enrollment period using both federal and state marketplaces.

  • The agency also noted Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program now cover more than 81 million Americans.
  • The new sign-ups pushed the number of ACA enrollees to an all-time high, though Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure said the final enrollment count will be available soon.

Details: The campaign, called the “Summer Sprint to Coverage,” will feature testimonial ads in English and Spanish on local cable, radio and online platforms during peak audience times including while the Olympics air.

  • The administration did not specify a goal for the number of sign-ups, but it aims to generally reach as many people as possible, particularly within populations that traditionally have been uninsured, cannot afford coverage or have less access to coverage, according to an HHS official.
  • CMS is increasing community and partner outreach with "navigators," licensed agents and trusted messengers.

What they're saying: "More than a decade after the landmark passage of the Affordable Care Act, as we emerge from a once-in-a-century pandemic, we are on our way to truly making health care a right and not a privilege," President Biden plans to say in a statement on Thursday.

The big picture: The White House has also been pushing Congress to expand Medicare benefits, close the Medicaid coverage gap and extend the lower premiums enabled by the American Rescue Plan.

  • Senate Democrats on Wednesday revealed that their $3.5 trillion budget would include a new dental, vision and hearing benefit to Medicare, extend expansions of the Affordable Care Act, expand home care, reduce prescription drugs costs, and expand Medicaid coverage to states that haven't done so yet.

What to watch: HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said Wednesday extending the deadline is not off the table but "something we can discuss."

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Jul 15, 2021 - Health

Democrats' health care power play

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Democrats took yet another step forward this week in their effort to slash what Americans — particularly seniors — pay for health care.

Driving the news: Senate Democrats unveiled their framework for a massive legislative package that includes several of the party's largest health care priorities.

Jul 15, 2021 - Health

Most seniors don't have dental coverage, and half skip care

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Data: KFF; Chart: Danielle Alberti/Axios

Two-thirds of Medicare beneficiaries don't have dental coverage, and half haven't been to the dentist in the past year.

The big picture: Democrats are pushing to have the program cover dental, hearing and vision benefits the same way it does other medical care.

Senate Democrats unveil details of $3.5 trillion budget deal

Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images

Senate Democrats revealed on Wednesday key details of their $3.5 trillion budget framework, a starting point for a Democrat-only bill for "human" infrastructure that would enhance federal safety net programs, expand Medicare and tackle climate change.

Why it matters: The release of the FY2022 budget deal formally kicks off the process for getting a pair of infrastructure bills across the finish line.