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Bigger subsidies mean more affordable coverage. AP Photo/Alex Brandon

In almost every county covered by HealthCare.gov, the poorest consumers will be able to find an insurance plan that won't require them to pay a monthly premium, according to a new analysis from Avalere Health.

Why it matters: Although President Trump has declared the Affordable Care Act "dead," his handling of it the law has accidentally made coverage more affordable for millions of Americans.

What's happening: By cutting off payments for the ACA's cost-sharing subsidies, Trump prompted insurers to raise their premiums, which in turn dramatically raised the value of federal subsidies that help people pay their premiums.

  • In 98% of counties that rely on HealthCare.gov, a consumer making $18,000 per year could find a plan and get a subsidy big enough to cover the entire monthly premium, Avalere found.
  • In most cases, those are "bronze" plans — the least generous set of policies available through the exchanges, which come with the lowest premiums and highest out-of-pocket costs.
  • But consumers at the same income level will also be able to find fully subsidized "silver" plans in 18% of HealthCare.gov counties, and "gold" plans in 10% of those counties.

Yes, but: Many consumers won't be aware of these options, due to the Trump administration's cuts to outreach and promotional efforts.

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President Trump's haphazard war on Chinese tech has left the Biden administration with a raft of unfinished business involving efforts to restrict Chinese firms and products in U.S. markets.

Why it matters: The Chinese and American tech industries are joined at the hip in many ways, and that interdependence has shaped decades of prosperity. But now security concerns and economic rivalries are wrenching them apart.

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The big picture: Biden has to get vaccinations moving and the stimulus bill pumping, so the economy will start rocking, advisers said. That’s why he loaded his White House with veteran loyalists focused almost exclusively on these two topics.

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Most states have not made much of their incarcerated populations eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

The big picture: Jails and prisons have seen big outbreaks and a higher death rate than the general public, but with supplies still limited, most governors aren't putting prisoners at the top of the list for vaccines.