Vice President Joe Biden’s administration says it is “working with Congress” to advance the Affordable Care Act’s online insurance exchange and other efforts to modernize the insurance marketplace.
In a Tuesday memo, the Office of Management and Budget said that “as the rollout of the Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA) progresses, the administration will work with Congress to continue to support the health insurance marketplace, which provides Americans with affordable coverage.”
The memo also outlined the administration’s ongoing work with the Senate, which will convene on Tuesday to pass legislation to create an independent commission to investigate the health care law.
“We are working with Congress, and the Senate’s bipartisan healthcare commission, to advance a solution that meets the needs of Americans and addresses the needs that arose from the passage of the ACA,” the memo said.
The administration also is reviewing legislation that would give states more flexibility in setting their own standards and providing health care to individuals who lack health insurance.
In its memo, HHS said it was “making no commitments” as to when Congress would take up the legislation, but that it was working with lawmakers “to ensure the marketplace remains functional.”
It is unclear whether Biden’s office will seek the support of Republican members of Congress.
The president has made health care a top priority, but it has taken several weeks for the legislation to reach the House and Senate, a process that could take months if not years.
Biden’s office had said in March that it would move forward with an online enrollment website and other actions to promote the health-care law and create an online insurance marketplace by mid-July.