On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (the ARP), a wide-ranging package of health care and economic measures responding to the coronavirus pandemic. The ARP includes a broad expansion of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) main health insurance subsidy, the premium tax credit (PTC), the first major expansion of the health care reform law since its passage. This piece highlights the policymaking considerations that states must account for in light of the PTC expansion and uncertainty about future federal action. A key theme that emerges is that states will benefit from approaches that give them the flexibility to adjust policies year by year as the federal landscape develops.
Illinois: A Strong Partner in RWJF’s State Network
The Illinois Health Reform Implementation Council convened on July 23, 2013 to discuss progress on the state’s partnership Marketplace. Among those updates was a presentation by State Network director, Heather Howard, and deputy director Chad Shearer on the current role of the network in providing technical assistance to Illinois, an overview of the previous/current assistance, and discussion of potential opportunities for assisting the state moving forward. The slides from the presentation can be found in the “download” button.