On Thursday, January 29, 2021, President Biden took two executive actions related to health care.
Executive Order on the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid
- Special Enrollment Period for HealthCare.gov –HHS announced a Special Enrollment Period, running February 15 – May 15.
- Review of Agency Actions – The Executive Order directs the Departments of HHS, Labor, and Treasury to undertake a review of all existing policies (regulations, guidance, etc.) “to determine whether [they] are inconsistent with the” policy directive in the EO: that “it is the policy of my Administration to protect and strengthen Medicaid and the ACA and to make high-quality healthcare accessible and affordable for every American.”
- Repeal of Executive Orders – The EO repeals two Trump Administration EOs: 1) Minimizing the Economic Burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Pending Repeal; and 2) Promoting Healthcare Choice and Competition Across the United States.
Presidential Memorandum on women’s health:
- Title X Family Planning Program – Repeals Trump Administration rules that prohibited recipients from referring patients to abortion providers and imposed additional restrictions, which fundamentally precluded Planned Parenthood and other previous recipients, from providing services.
- “Mexico City Policy” – Repeals Trump Administration restrictions to prohibit NGOs who receive federal funds from using non-federal funds to perform abortions, provide advice, counseling, or any information regarding abortions.