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.
Basic Health Plan: Is it an option for your State?
Manatt Health Solutions – Deborah Bachrach and Melinda Dutton
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides subsidized coverage options for individuals up to 400 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. States are responsible in large part for implementing the coverage expansions, and the ACA provides states the option to set up a Basic Health Plan (BHP) for individuals between the Medicaid expansion income limit (138 percent) and 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. This webinar by Manatt Health Solutions was designed to educate and aid states in analyzing and making a decision whether to pursue the BHP option as part of their broader ACA implementation strategy. The slides provide an overview of the statutory requirements, followed by a step-by-step analysis of the financial and operational issues, as well as the impact on delivery systems and state exchanges.