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The New State Children's Health Insurance Programs

How Is the Quality of Care Being Monitored?

By Jeanne Finberg & Jennifer Gully

Advocates across the country celebrated the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, which contained legislation that infused billions of dollars into the health care coffers of states choosing to provide health insurance to children in need. Children's Health Insurance Programs (or CHIPs as they are popularly known) promise to reduce drastically the number of uninsured children in the United States. Access to health care, however, is only part of the story. The quality of care for low-income families is not often paid enough attention. The monitoring efforts of one state, California, are examined.

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