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.
Screening for Social Risk Factors Webinar Series
State Health and Value Strategies hosted a two-part webinar series on screening Medicaid members for social risk factors. State Medicaid agencies are increasingly recognizing the impact that non-medical factors, such as social risk factors, have on health. Social risk factors are adverse social conditions which create barriers to health for individuals, such as food insecurity and homelessness.
Screening for Social Risk Factors Part I: Working with Medicaid Managed Care to Design Screening Requirements
The first webinar drew from the recently published issue brief, Social Risk Factor Screening in Medicaid Managed Care and reviewed key terms, screening tools, and design decisions for states interested in screening Medicaid managed care members for social risk factors.
Screening for Social Risk Factors Part II: Developing a Screening Measure
The second webinar explored adopting a measure to assess social risk factor screening rates, which is the subject of the recently published issue brief, Developing a Social Risk Factor Screening Measure.