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.
Using Data from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners for Health Reform Evaluation
University of Minnesota – Pinar Karaca-Mandic and Jean M. Abraham
The following brief, prepared by experts at the University of Minnesota, provides background on data collected by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), including new types of data being collected for health reform monitoring purposes. In its role as a regulatory support organization, the NAIC collects and compiles data from insurers classified as property and casualty, life, health, fraternal, or title insurers. In order to help regulators enforce the new provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), the NAIC teamed with the U.S.Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to design standard measures, definitions, and methodologies related to the regulatory targets of these provisions. This brief further explores the research opportunities (both within and across states) afforded by this new data being collected by the NAIC.