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.
Recent COVID-19 Stimulus Legislation and Guidance: Opportunities and Considerations for States
Manatt Health, Georgetown’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms and GMMB
On Friday, May 1 State Health and Value Strategies hosted a webinar during which experts from Manatt Health and Georgetown University’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms summarized recent federal legislation related to COVID-19 and distilled key takeaways from recent federal guidance. Topics included:
- Review of the recently passed stimulus bill, “Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act” (also known as CARES Act 3.5)
- Deep dive of recently released guidance on the disbursement of CARES Act funding including the Provider Relief and Coronavirus Relief Funds
- Medicaid strategies for providers and considerations for states
Leaders from a handful of states discussed their own experiences and provided key insights and lessons learned.