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.
State Tasks for Partnership Exchange
Manatt Health Solutions
Manatt Health Solutions, with support from the State Network, has prepared a high level summary of the tasks that states must accomplish to achieve certification of a State Partnership Exchange for Plan Management and/or Consumer Assistance. These tasks closely track the Blueprint for Approval of Affordable State-based or State Partnership Insurance Exchanges, with detailed annotations of tasks directly from the Blueprint. The summary also includes “related” activities that are not reflected in the Blueprint, but will support State Partnership Exchange development. Finally, the document addresses State Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) agency tasks required to interface and coordinate Medicaid, CHIP and advanced premium tax credit/cost sharing reduction eligibility determinations with the Federally-Facilitated Exchange (FFE).