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.
Overview and Analysis of Proposed Exchange, Medicaid and IRS Regulations Issued on August 12, 2011
Manatt Health Solutions
On August 12, 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued two sets of proposed rules focus on Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) eligibility and enrollment procedures, as well as eligibility for exchanges, insurance affordability programs and Qualified Health Plans. The same day, the Internal Revenue Service released a proposed rule providing guidance on determining eligibility for and calculating the amount of premium tax credits offered through the exchange. This report, prepared by Manatt Health Solutions, analyzes those three federal draft regulations that, taken together, offer new insight into how consumers and employees of small businesses will obtain health insurance across the continuum of coverage options proposed in the Affordable Care Act. The regulations provide operational level details that can: inform state planning efforts; guide the design and implementation of business processes, IT and administrative systems; and, ultimately, impact consumer experience with state-based exchanges and Medicaid.