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.
Report from the States: Early Observations about Five State Marketplaces
Manatt Health Solutions
Implementation of the health insurance marketplaces has been an ongoing challenge across the country in the initial months of open enrollment. While state marketplaces are still evolving, and some are experiencing their own implementation challenges, they are largely working. This brief, prepared by the team at Manatt Health Solutions, looks at five state marketplaces to assess early lessons that might help to explain early enrollment trends. Based on interviews with state leadership and review of publicly available documents, the report explores the early implementation experience in Kynect (Kentucky), New York State of Health (New York), MNsure (Minnesota), HealthSource RI (Rhode Island), and the Washington Healthplanfinder (Washington State).