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.
Analysis of the Trump Administration’s Proposed Short-Term Health Plan Rule: Implications for States
Georgetown University’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms and Manatt Health
The Secretaries of Health and Human Services, Treasury, and Labor released a proposed rule to implement the President’s October 12, 2017 executive order calling for expanded availability of short-term limited duration health plans that do not have to comply with Affordable Care Act standards. The proposed rule would relax current federal rules by allowing short-term plans to be sold for a duration of up to 12 months. It also modifies required consumer disclosures about these products. State Health and Value Strategies hosted a webinar, together with experts from Georgetown University’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms and Manatt Health and others, that reviewed the proposed rule and its implications for state insurance markets and consumers. The webinar also flagged specific areas in which the federal agencies are asking for input from states and other stakeholders.
We also have an expert perspective up on our website by Sabrina Corlette, JoAnne Volk and Justin Giovannelli from Georgetown’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms that examines the proposed rule in detail and provides options for state responses to short-term limited duration health plans.