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.
Payment Reform 101: Why Payment Reform? What is it?
Mary Beth Dyer, Michael Bailit and Richard Slusky, Bailit Health Purchasing
The first webinar in a three-part series on payment reform, this presentation by Bailit Health Purchasing addresses how traditional fee-for-service payment impedes state efforts to purchase value and describes the relationship between payment and delivery system reform. The webinar also highlights the role and influence of public purchasers in health care, reviews types of payment reform models being used by state purchasers and providse an overview of where payment reform is happening across the U.S. A state official offers insights into why his state opted to pursue payment reform and how it selected the models to implement.