Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009

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This legislation marked a new era in children’s coverage by providing states with significant new funding, new programmatic options, and a range of new incentives for covering children through Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). One of the clear goals of the legislation is to support states in developing efficient and effective strategies to identify, enroll, and retain health coverage for uninsured children who are eligible for Medicaid or CHIP but are not enrolled. CHIPRA also provided flexibility to states to expand health care coverage to children who need it, and tasked the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) with developing standards by which states can measure the quality of the care that children are receiving.[1]

Resources Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) CHIPRA Children's Health Insurance Program Overview

Kaiser Family Foundation: CHIPRA Fact Sheet

National Academy for State Health Policy: Nebraska CHIP Fact Sheet

National Academy for State Health Policy: Iowa CHIP Fact Sheet


The Commonwealth Fund: The Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act: Progress After One Year May/June 2010