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.
Future of the Children’s Health Insurance Program: Considerations for States
Jocelyn Guyer, Deborah Bachrach, Patricia Boozang, and Arielle Traub, Manatt Health
The expiration of Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) funding on September 30, 2017 raises four critical issues for states: 1) the timing of reauthorization, and what the level of allotment and duration of any extension will be, 2) whether the 23 percent increase to federal matching funds will continue, 3) whether maintenance of effort (MOE) requirements will continue unchanged, and 4) operational considerations for states, including notices to members and budget planning.
For a quick overview of the critical issues, please refer to Approaching CHIP Expiration: Considerations for States.
SHVS also hosted a webinar “Future of the Children’s Health Insurance Program: Considerations for States” if you are interested in exploring further our work on this subject.