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.
How Can Insurance Exchanges Strategically Approach the Selection and Management of Qualified Health Plans?
Jon Kingsdale, Managing Director, Wakely Consulting Group Patrick Holland, Managing Director, Wakely Consulting Group
The ‘How Can Insurance Exchanges Strategically Approach the Selection and Management of Qualified Health Plans?’ took place on Thursday, February 14 at 2:00 pm ET, and was facilitated by Wakely Consulting Group. Click the blue “download” button on the left to access the slides from the webinar and click here to download the webinar recording. Wakely has also published an issue brief covering this same topic. Below is a brief write-up on the webinar:
Contracting with issuers to offer qualified health plans (QHPs) is one of the most important opportunities that Exchanges have to affect health care reform in their states. Unlike many start-up tasks, certifying, re-certifying, de-certifying and managing the relationship over time with health plans is an ongoing and evolving set of tasks. Therefore, Exchanges should take a strategic approach to these functions. This webinar looked at the many of the types of decisions that Exchanges should consider in preparing to launch a clean, effective QHP solicitation process; the standards that Exchanges can use to certify QHPs; and what are options for “negotiating” key elements of the issuers’ proposals.