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Basic Information on Health Reform in Colorado
Colorado has expanded Medicaid coverage to low-income adults, as of January 2015.[i] Medicaid and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Plan) are safety net health benefit programs available in Colorado.[ii]
Health Insurance Exchange Information: Colorado is operating a state-based Marketplace. Visit Connect for Health Colorado to compare health plans that can be purchased on the exchange and take advantage of federal tax subsidies that may apply.
Eligibility and Enrollment: People in Colorado can apply for and enroll in Medicaid or CHIP any time of year and coverage can begin immediately. They can purchase and enroll in marketplace plans during the annual open enrollment period, which begins November 15th of each year and extends through February 15th. If they meet certain criteria, such as having been released from custody in the last 90 days, they may be able to enroll in private coverage outside the open enrollment period. There are four ways to see if they meet eligibility requirements and apply for or enroll in these benefits:
2) They can call the helpline (1-855-752-6749).[iv]
4) They can use the online application for all state benefits, the Colorado PEAK (Program Eligibility and Application Kit).[vi]
Colorado Medicaid and Health Insurance Links
Link to important contact information and the Medicaid helpline number (1-800-221-3943,| TDD: 1-800-659-2656; Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.)[viii]
Link to contact information for Colorado Enrollment Centers and Certified Assister Sites[ix]
Link to the Colorado Department of Human Services website
Where can you find help enrolling in coverage and answers to questions? Call 855-752-6749, TTY: 855-346-3432, Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. or link to information about in-person help.[xvii]
State Health Information
How many people in Colorado are eligible to participate? According to the Kaiser Family
Foundation, 13% (666,900) of Colorado’s population was uninsured in 2013. The total number of potential marketplace participants is 571,000.[xviii]
How many are enrolled so far? 121,650 have selected a marketplace plan, as of January 2015.[xix]
How many of the state’s uninsured population are eligible for Medicaid? 239,000 of Colorado’s uninsured are eligible for Medicaid; 169,000 of them are adults.[xx]
Is Colorado a Medicaid health home state? No.[xxi]
Who are the health committee chairs in the state legislature?
Other Related Information and Links for Colorado
Link to the Colorado Association of Alcohol and Drug Service Providers or Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council to get information about Colorado’s mental health and substance use disorder service providers.
General Information and Useful Links on Health Reform
Kaiser Family Foundation offers information on health reform in each state:
Government websites that offer useful information on health reform:
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) offers an online directory of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) in each state that offer free or low cost care.[xxxiii]
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) offers a directory of substance abuse and mental health treatment facilities in each state at: SA-Treatment Facility Locator and at: MH-Treatment Facility Locator.[xxxiv]
SAMHSA also offers the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities, which has information on substance abuse treatment facilities by state, the types of programs available, and services they offer for justice-involved populations.[xxxv]
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[i] See Medicaid.gov, Medicaid by State, Colorado, last viewed on December 22, 2014, at 9:35 a.m., http://www.medicaid.gov/Medicaid-CHIP-Program-Information/By-State/colorado.html.
[ii] See supra at 162.
[iii] See Connect for Health Colorado, last viewed on December 22, 2014 at 10:08 a.m., http://connectforhealthco.com/.
[iv] See supra at 165.
[v] See Connect for Health Colorado, In-person Help, last viewed on December 22, 2014 at 10:40 a.m., http://connectforhealthco.com/resources/person-help/
[vi] See Colorado.gov, Colorado PEAK, last viewed on December 22, 2014 at 10:41 a.m., https://coloradopeak.secure.force.com/.
[vii] See Colorado.gov, Department of Healthcare Policy and Financing, last viewed on December 22, 2014 at 10:42 a.m., https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/hcpf/colorado-medicaid.
[viii] See Colorado Department of Healthcare Policy and Financing, Contacts: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/hcpf/contact-hcpf#Member-Contacts-Anchor-1.
[ix] See supra at 167.
[x] See CMS, State Medicaid and CHIP Income Eligibility Standards, (For MAGI Groups, based on state decisions as of July 1, 2014), last viewed on December 22, 2014, at 11:07 a.m. (Provides data for all 50 states.)
[xi] See Colorado Department of Healthcare Policy and Financing, Colorado Medicaid-Benefits and Services Overview, last viewed on December 22, 2014 at 11:11 a.m.: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/hcpf/colorado-medicaid-benefits-services-overview.
[xii] See Medicaid.gov, State Resources, Medicaid State Plan Amendments, last viewed on December 19, 2014, at 2:58 p.m.: http://www.medicaid.gov/State-Resource-Center/Medicaid-State-Plan-Amendments/Medicaid-State-Plan-Amendments.html?filterBy=Colorado (Provides State Plan Amendments and Summaries).
[xiii] See Colorado Department of Healthcare Policy and Financing, About Us, Organizational Chart, last viewed on December 22, 2014 at 11:14 a.m.: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/sites/default/files/Department%20Organizational%20Chart%20July%202014.pdf.
[xiv] See National Association of Medicaid Directors, About Us, State Directors, last viewed on December 22, 2014, at 11:14 a.m., http://medicaiddirectors.org/about/state-directors. (Includes contact information for the State Medicaid Director of all 50 states.)
[xv] See Colorado Department of Healthcare Policy and Financing, Provider Services, last viewed at December 22, 2014 at 11:17 a.m.: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/hcpf/provider-services.
[xvi] See supra at 165.
[xvii]See supra at 167.
[xviii] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Marketplace Statistics, last viewed on December 22, 2014 at 11:22 a.m.:http://kff.org/health-reform/state-indicator/state-marketplace-statistics/.
[xix] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Marketplace Statistics, last viewed at December 22, 2014, at 11:24 a.m: http://kff.org/health-reform/state-indicator/state-marketplace-statistics/.
[xx] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Facts, State Profiles: How Will the Uninsured Fare Under the Affordable Care Act?, last viewed on December 22, 2014, at 11:25 a.m.: http://kff.org/health-reform/fact-sheet/state-profiles-uninsured-under-aca-colorado/.
[xxi] See The Henry Kaiser Family Foundation, Health Home State Plan Option, last viewed on December 22, 2014 at 11:25 a.m.: http://kff.org/medicaid/state-indicator/health-home-state-plan-option/.
[xxii] See Colorado Legislative Council, Committees, Public Healthcare and Human Services Committee, last viewed on December 22, 2014 at 11:35 a.m.: http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite?c=Page&childpagename=CGA-LegislativeCouncil%2FCLCLayout&cid=1251634999378&pagename=CLCWrapper.
[xxiii] See Colorado Legislative Council, Committees, Health and Human Services Committee, last viewed on December 22, 2014 at 11:36 a.m., http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite?c=Page&childpagename=CGA-LegislativeCouncil%2FCLCLayout&cid=1251568871428&pagename=CLCWrapper.
[xxiv] See Colorado Department of Corrections, last viewed on December 22, 2014, at 11:38 a.m., http://www.doc.state.co.us/.
[xxv] See Colorado Department of Human Services, Prevention and Intervention, last viewed on December 22, 2014, at 11:58 a.m., http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/CDHS-BehavioralHealth/CBON/1251581449373.
[xxvi] Colorado.gov, Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health, last viewed on December 22, 2014, at 12:01 p.m., http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/CDHS-BehavioralHealth/CBON/1251578892077.
[xxvii] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Facts, last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: http://kff.org/state-category/health-reform/?state=CO.
[xxviii] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Insurance Marketplace Profiles, January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: http://kff.org/state-health-marketplace-profiles/.
[xxix] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Insurance Marketplace Profiles, January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: http://kff.org/state-health-marketplace-profiles/.
[xxx] See InsureKidsNow.gov, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 1:37 p.m.: http://www.insurekidsnow.gov/chip/index.html.
[xxxi] See Healthcare.gov, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: https://localhelp.healthcare.gov/ and https://www.healthcare.gov/incarcerated-people/.
[xxxii] See Medicaid.gov, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m., http://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid-chip-program-information/medicaid-and-chip-program-information.html.
[xxxiii] See Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Find a Health Center, last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:40 p.m.: http://www.bphc.hrsa.gov/.
xxv See SAMSHA Treatment Facility Locator, last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:40 p.m.: http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/TreatmentLocator/faces/quickSearch.jspx and http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/MHTreatmentLocator/faces/quickSearch.jspx