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.
Individual and Family Engagement in the Medicaid Population: Emerging Best Practices and Recommendations
Mary M. Minniti, Marie R. Abraham, and Beverley H. Johnson, The Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care
In this issue brief, The Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care (IPFCC) outlines action-oriented recommendations and strategies to support enhanced individual and family engagement efforts in Medicaid. Engagement, broadly defined, is an active partnership among individuals, families, health care clinicians, staff, and leaders to improve the health of individuals and communities, and to improve the delivery of health care. Collaborative individual and family engagement is an important strategy for developing a patient- and family-centered system of care. Research shows that engaged individuals and families actively working with their health care teams have better outcomes, often choose less expensive options when participating in shared decision-making, and express greater satisfaction with their health care experiences.