WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) issued the following statement on President Joe Biden's executive order that created a three-month special enrollment period to give Americans greater access to health insurance, including those who lost jobs or coverage due to the pandemic.

"I commend the Biden Administration for re-opening the federal online Health Insurance Marketplace, which will allow Delawareans, particularly those impacted by COVID-19, another opportunity to sign-up for the health insurance coverage that best meets their needs. Ensuring that Delawareans have access to quality, affordable health care is critical, even more so during a pandemic. I urge all Delawareans who need health coverage to assess their options during this three-month special enrollment period."

Delawareans looking for affordable health insurance can sign up for coverage – including tax credits for eligible enrollees that help to reduce monthly premiums significantly – from Feb. 15 to May 15 on HealthCare.gov, the federal online Health Insurance Marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act.