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.
Implications of Health Reform for American Indian and Alaska Native Populations
Center for Health Care Strategies – Carolyn Ingram, Shannon M. McMahon and Veronica Guerra; National Academy for State Health Policy – Alice Weiss
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has important implications for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN), including the expansion of Medicaid coverage to nearly 400,000 currently uninsured AI/AN individuals. This brief prepared by CHCS and NASHP outlines ACA provisions that uniquely affect AI/AN populations and provides strategies to help states and other key stakeholders fully realize the potential of the ACA to improve the health and health care of AI/ANs. Areas addressed include; Coverage expansion; State outreach to and engagement with federally recognized tribal groups; and Opportunities to fill gaps in the organization and financing of care.
Slides from a related webinar on this topic are also available.