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.
Realizing the Potential of All-Payer Claims Databases: Creating the Reporting Plan
Freedman HealthCare, LLC—Linda Green, Amy Lischko, and Tanya Bernstein
States and regional collaboratives are moving ahead with creating all-payer claims databases (APCDs) to support health system measurement and improvement activities. While aggregated claims databases provide an unprecedented view of care across all settings, the process of collecting claims information alone does not improve health care quality or reduce costs. To effectively utilize the APCD and realize its full potential, states have begun to produce reports and analyses based on APCD data—a task requiring careful consideration and planning that has yielded many important
lessons. This paper examines the critical components of states’ APCD reporting efforts to date and suggests essential steps to creating credible and robust analytics. Drawn from interviews with APCD leaders, state-specific documents, and the experience of the authors, this paper is intended to help states with functioning and developing APCDs identify the building blocks necessary to create and evolve a comprehensive analytic program. This information may also be useful to those charged with designing APCD outputs, such as datasets and reports.