On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (the ARP), a wide-ranging package of health care and economic measures responding to the coronavirus pandemic. The ARP includes a broad expansion of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) main health insurance subsidy, the premium tax credit (PTC), the first major expansion of the health care reform law since its passage. This piece highlights the policymaking considerations that states must account for in light of the PTC expansion and uncertainty about future federal action. A key theme that emerges is that states will benefit from approaches that give them the flexibility to adjust policies year by year as the federal landscape develops.
State Network Annual Meeting Plenary Presentations
The State Health Reform Assistance Network hosted its Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon to bring together state officials and State Network technical assistance providers for a three day intensive meeting from July 11-13, 2012. The Annual Meeting provided an opportunity for state officials to hear from Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, Len Nichols, and Jeanene Smith during plenary sessions. The video clip of Governor Kitzhaber’s opening plenary speech can be downloaded below by clicking on the video icon below. Len Nichols gave a presentation on the next steps for health reform implementation after the Supreme Court decision and lessons to be learned from United States history on the challenges that lay ahead. Jeanene Smith provided an overview of Oregon’s Coordinated Care Organizations and its triple aim of better health, better care, and lower costs. These plenary slides can be viewed individually by clicking on the links below or downloaded as one document by clicking the ‘download’ button to the left.
Len Nichols’ Lunch Plenary presentation: Health Reform Implementation: What the Heck Do We Do Now?
Jeanene Smith’s Lunch Plenary presentation: Transforming the Oregon Health Plan: Coordinated Care Organizations