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.
Repeal of the ACA Medicaid Expansion: Critical Questions for States
Jocelyn Guyer, Deborah Bachrach, Patricia Boozang, and Cindy Mann, Manatt Health
Updated as of December 22, 2016
As we approach the beginning of a new presidential administration, there has been continued debate regarding the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), much of which has focused on the marketplaces, the mandate, and health insurance reforms such as the ban on insurers’ blocking coverage to those with pre-existing conditions. A potential elimination of the law’s Medicaid expansion to low-income adults and other ACA Medicaid provisions, however, would have far-reaching implications for states and the Medicaid program. This issue brief, developed by Manatt Health, provides a series of questions and answers on the potential repeal of the Medicaid expansion, reviewing available information, and highlighting critical questions that states will want to consider as Congress and the incoming Administration continue to debate when and how to repeal the ACA.