Health First Colorado (Colorado's Medicaid Program)

Health First Colorado (Colorado's Medicaid Program) is free or low-cost health and dental coverage for low-income families including children, adults, pregnant women, people who are blind or disabled, and the elderly.

Now that you’ve applied for Health First Colorado (Colorado's Medicaid Program) and the Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) you probably have questions. What happens next? What’s covered? How do I get care? This Guide to Medicaid and CHP+ will answer your questions.
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 About Medicaid

Health First Colorado is public health insurance coverage for children, families, pregnant women, adults, the elderly, and people with disabilities. There are several different programs. When you apply for Health First Colorado, your eligibility will be determined based on the information you put in your application. Your age, family size, income and other information asked for in the application are used to ensure you are enrolled in the program that best meets your needs.

To be eligible for Health First Colorado you must be a US Citizen or eligible immigrant, a Colorado resident, and meet program specific income requirements. Some categories will consider resources.

For more information visit Health First Colorado. The Department of Health Care Policy and Financing is the state agency that administers Health First Colorado, the Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) and other healthcare programs for Coloradans who qualify.

Health First Colorado Dental Providers Directory

Eligible adults enrolled in Health First Colorado in Colorado now have access to up to $1,000 per year in preventive dental care.



Health First Colorado program, who might be eligible?

  • Individuals and families who meet income limits
  • Children under 19
    For information about children’s Medicaid benefits see Healthy Communities.
  • Pregnant Women
  • Adults ages 19-64
  • Children with a disability
  • People ages 16-64 who are working and have a disability
    • Health First Colorado Buy-in Program for Working Adults with Disabilities (Adult Buy-In) provides adults with disabilities, who earn too much income or have too many resources the opportunity to purchase Health First Colorado benefits. Clients will pay a monthly premium based on their income. For more information see, HCPF:Adult Buy-In.
  • People who are eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
    • If you receive SSI, then you will automatically receive Health First Colorado. If you receive SSI and have not been enrolled in Health First Colorado, please contact your local county department of human/social services.
    • If you have not yet applied for SSI, you should apply at a Social Security Administration (SSA) office.
  • People who receive Old Age Pension (OAP) grants who do not qualify for other Health First Colorado programs. This program provides limited medical care only.

If you need nursing home or home and community based services (HCBS), please see below for information about Long-term Care Medicaid.

People Age 65 and Over: People age 65 or older who are eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and/or Old Age Pension (OAP) state supplemental payments are eligible for Health First Colorado.

  • If you have not applied for SSI you should at a Social Security Administration field office.
  • If you are on SSI and have not been enrolled in Health First Colorado or if you have not applied for OAP please contact Boulder County Department of Housing and Human Services at 303-441-1000.

 Health Care Options

Other Health Care Options

If you are denied Health First Colorado coverage, you may be eligible for other health care programs.

  • Connect for Health Colorado is a new online health insurance marketplace that opened on October 1, 2013. This marketplace is sometimes referred to as the “health insurance exchange.” Individuals, families and small employers can shop for and buy health insurance through the Connect for Health Colorado website. Boulder County is a Certified Connect for Health Colorado Assistance Site and has trained Health Coverage Guides to help residents enroll in health insurance. Call 303-441-1000 or email for more information or to make an appointment with a Health Coverage Guide.
  • Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) - a low-cost health insurance program for uninsured Colorado children ages 18 and under whose families earn too much to qualify for Health First Colorado for more information call 303-441-1589.
  • Colorado Indigent Care Program (CICP) is a discount rate offered at some clinics and hospitals for eligible Colorado residents.

 How to Apply

How to Apply

If you would like application assistance or additional help visit Healthy Kids and Adults

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