Growth chart with coins American bolstered by the promise of lower premiums and more plan options might be in for a surprise, as premium rates still vary greatly by state. (Image: Shutterstock)

In the past year, some 12 million people have signed up for health coverage through the ACA marketplaces, as well as more than 500,000 during the government's special enrollment period. The surge in signups comes in response to several actions by the Biden administration to make premiums more affordable, as well as its efforts to increase enrollment and awareness.

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Emily Payne

Emily Payne is director, content analytics for ALM's Business & Finance Markets and former managing editor for BenefitsPRO. A Wisconsin native, she has spent the past decade writing and editing for various athletic and fitness publications. She holds an English degree and Business certificate from the University of Wisconsin.