Understanding the New Quality Initiatives in CHIPRA

In addition to extending the CHIP program, the CHIP reauthorization bill signed into law on February 4, 2009, includes a number of important program and financing changes affecting Medicaid as well as CHIP. Among these are a set of quality provisions that aim to help develop child-specific quality measures and improve the quality of care delivered to children through Medicaid, CHIP, and private health insurers. This brief provides an overview of these new quality initiatives.