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.
Operationalizing Oversight of ACA Insurance Market Reforms
Joel Ario, Managing Director, Manatt Health Solutions Sally McCarty, Senior Research Faculty and Project Director, Georgetown University Health Policy Institute
The Operationalizing Oversight of ACA Insurance Market Reforms webinar took place on January 28, 2013. Click the “download” box below to retrieve the slides. A recording of the webinar can be found here. Below is the write-up that promoted the webinar:
The State Health Reform Assistance Network is hosting a webinar to help states operationalize oversight of ACA insurance market reforms. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires states to undertake multiple reforms of their insurance market, including implementation of community rating, guarantee issue, and meaningful rate review. States must obtain legal authority to enforce the new market rules and develop the regulatory infrastructure to monitor compliance. The State Network webinar “Operationalizing Oversight of ACA Insurance Market Reforms” will review the responsibilities of states under the ACA, make practical recommendations on how regulators can gain needed authority for enforcement, and outline the process for federal enforcement if states are unable to meet their legal responsibilities under the ACA. Faculty for the Faculty for the webinar will include Joel Ario, Managing Director of Manatt Health Solutions and former director of the HHS Office of Health Insurance Exchanges, and Sally McCarty, Senior Research Faculty at the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute and former Indiana Insurance Commissioner and CCIIO staffer.