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Online shopping cart The Biden administration has extended the SEP through Aug. 15, allowing Americans to sign up for ACA plans at any time during the next several months. (Photo: Shutterstock)

More than 500,000 Americans signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in February and March, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced last week.

The signups were part of a special enrollment period (SEP) announced by the Biden Administration as it sought to address the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the economic fallout that accompanied the health crisis. HHS data shows that more than 528,000 Americans signed up for the ACA between Feb. 15 and March 31. That total includes only enrollees from the 36 states that have relied on the federal ACA marketplace, rather than creating a state ACA website.

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