The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was signed into law on March 11, 2021 as a signature effort to assist in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and the related economic downturn. Included as part of the sweeping legislation is a program to fully subsidize COBRA coverage for six months starting in April of 2021. This expert perspective provides a short overview of COBRA and mini-COBRA, the major elements of the ARPA COBRA Assistance program, and considerations for state policymakers related to the program.
Aligning Measure Sets: Tools & Methods for States
Tailored to the needs of state officials and other stakeholders involved in measure set creation, this webinar addresses strategies for developing and maintaining aligned quality measure sets, based on an SHVS issue brief written by Bailit Health Purchasing with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The webinar also introduces helpful new Excel-based measure set development tools Bailit created for Buying Value, also supported by RWJF. Representatives from Washington and Vermont discuss their experiences developing aligned core measure sets, including their use of the Buying Value tools.