Washington — President Joe Biden on Thursday is signing a series of health care-related directives, including taking action to rescind and target anti-abortion rules.
The president is poised to sign an executive order that allows for HealthCare.gov, the federal health insurance marketplace, to open for a special enrollment period from February 15 to May 15, which will allow Americans more time to sign up for health insurance coverage. The order will also direct federal agencies to review rules and policies to ensure they do not hinder Americans’ access to health care, such as those that may reduce affordability of health coverage or undermine the Affordable Care Act’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions.
How to watch President Joe Biden sign health care executive actions
- What: President Joe Biden signs executive actions focusing on access to health care
- Date: Thursday, January 28, 2021
- Time: 1:30 p.m. ET
- Location: The White House
- Online stream: Live on CBSN in the player above and on your mobile or streaming device
Mr. Biden is also expected to issue a presidential memorandum unwinding the Mexico City Policy, known as the global gag rule, which prohibits U.S. dollars from flowing to international non-governmental organizations that provide abortions, advocate to legalize and expand abortion access, or provide abortion counseling.
The rule dates back to 1984, under President Ronald Reagan, but has been revoked and reinstated by Democratic and Republican administrations, respectively. Former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama rescinded the policy, while former President Donald Trump re-enacted and expanded it.
Mr. Biden’s memorandum also directs the Department of Health and Human Services to review whether to dismantle a similar policy in the U.S. that bars money from Title X from going to health care centers that provide abortion services.
The president, who was vice president when Obamacare was enacted, vowed during his presidential campaign to protect and expand the 2010 health care law, as a group of Republican states and the Trump administration fought to kill Obamacare in a case pending before the Supreme Court. Mr. Biden has stressed that the coronavirus pandemic underscores the need for access to health care.