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.
Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association Enrollee Survey: Assessing the Results
State Health Access Data Assistance Network – Elizabeth Lukanen, Heather Dahlen, Lynn A. Blewett, and Kathleen T. Call
The State Health Access Data Assistance Network (SHADAC) at the University of Minnesota prepared this chartbook summarizing the findings of the 2012 Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association (MCHA) Enrollee Survey. MCHA is Minnesota’s high risk pool. The charts in this report are designed to provide a high level overview of the overall MCHA population and more detailed breakdowns of subpopulations based on income level, geographic residence, and plan deductible. The figures in this report were created to present a more complete picture of the characteristics of the MCHA population and to aid program administrators in outreach efforts as MCHA enrollees transition into other insurance vehicles. This resource can help inform state officials struggling with high risk pool transitions by identifying methods and metrics for researching high risk pool population characteristics.