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Healthy Communities
Health Communities

Healthy Communities

Healthy Communities is an administrative case management program for children, youth under age 21, and pregnant women enrolled in Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program) and Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+). Our goal is to improve child health by helping families make the most of their medical benefits and ensuring they get the services they need.

Contact Boulder County Healthy Communities for help with:

  • Choosing a doctor, finding specialists, and scheduling appointments
  • Learning about Medicaid and CHP+ benefits
  • Finding other community resources that you may need

Email: HealthyCommunities@bouldercounty.org
Phone: 303-678-6821

Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program)

Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program) is public health insurance for low income Coloradans who qualify. For additional information please visit www.healthfirstcolorado.com

Benefits Summary

Check-ups and doctor visits Home health care services Occupational therapy
Dental care Hospice services Physical therapy
Dialysis Hospital inpatient/outpatient services Prenatal and maternity care
Expanded benefits for children (EPSDT) Immunizations Prescription drugs
Emergency services Laboratory and radiology Smoking cessation
Eye exams/glasses (limited for adults) Medical equipment and supplies Speech therapy
Family planning services Mental and behavioral health services Substance abuse treatment
Hearing services Nursing facilities Transplants

Need a Ride? Call 1-855-489-4999

Health First Colorado offers free transportation to non-emergency medical visits or services.

Need Medical Advice? Call 1-800-283-3221

The free nurse advice line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer your medical questions.

Benefits Spotlight

Children (ages 0-20) Dental: Exams, cleanings, x-rays, sealants, space maintainers, fluoride treatments, fillings, crowns, root canals, gum and oral surgery; Braces may be covered in certain cases Vision: Eye exams, glasses, and contact lenses
Adults (ages 21-64) Dental: $1,500 limit per year; Basic preventative exams, x-rays, fillings, extractions, root canals, crowns, partial or complete dentures (not subject to the $1,500 per year limit) Vision: Medically necessary eye exams; Glasses and contact lenses only following eye surgery (surgery may have been performed at any time during your life)

What is Emergency Medicaid?

Emergency Medicaid is a Health First Colorado program that provides short-term coverage for immigrants without Legal Permanent Residency or Naturalization status. Emergency Medicaid only covers life or limb threatening situations (including labor and delivery), and does not cover doctor appointments or routine care. For more information, call the Medicaid Customer Contact Center at 1-800-221-3943.


Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program) is low or no cost health insurance. Your only out-of-pocket costs will be your co-payment and not all Health First Colorado members have them. Visit colorado.gov/hcpf for more information on costs. If you receive a bill for Health First Colorado covered services, call the Health First Colorado Customer Contact Center at 1-800-221-3943.

Who Cost
Everyone (ages 0-64) No monthly premiums or enrollment fees*
Children (ages 0-18) and Pregnant Women No co-payments
Adults (ages 19-64) Co-payments between $0 and $10

*The Health First Colorado Buy-In Program for Children With Disabilities and the Health First Colorado Buy-In Program for Working Adults may require a monthly premium depending upon income. Visit colorado.gov/hcpf for more information.

Other Insurance

Health First Colorado is the payer of last resort in most situations. This means Health First Colorado pays for services only after any other health insurance you may have pays first. If you have health insurance other than Health First Colorado, you should report that information. Report other health insurance at Colorado.gov/PEAK or call the Health First Colorado Customer Contact Center at 1-800-221-3943.

You may be interested in the Colorado Health Insurance Buy-In Program (HIBI) if you already have health insurance when you qualify for Health First Colorado. Health First Colorado members who qualify for HIBI get monthly payments for all or part of the cost of their commercial health insurance premium and in some cases are also reimbursed for deductibles, co-insurance, and co-payments. Visit mycohibi.com or call 1-855-692-6442 for more information.

Getting Care

Health First Colorado Health Plans

When you are on Health First Colorado you will get care through the Accountable Care Collaborative. Call Health First Colorado enrollment at 303-839-2120 for more information.

  • Accountable Care Collaborative

    You belong to a Regional Organization. The Regional Organization for Boulder County residents is Colorado Community Health Alliance (CCHA). CCHA can help you find a wide range of other services and supports. For more information, visit cchacares.com or call 303-256-1717.

Additional help finding health care providers for children and pregnant women can be found by calling Healthy Communities. Our bilingual Family Health Coordinators can be reached at 303-678-6821 or email .

Getting Care Away From Home

If you are temporarily in another state, but still a Colorado resident, Health First Colorado may pay for medical care in certain circumstances. If you have questions about getting care in another state, call the Health First Colorado Customer Contact Center at 1-800-221-3943.

Services May Need to Be Pre-Approved

Some services need to be approved by Health First Colorado before you receive them. Your doctor will submit a Prior Authorization Request (PAR) for you and Health First Colorado will decide if the service is medically necessary. You will get a letter that tells you if your request is approved or denied. You have 30 days to file an appeal if the request is denied.

Problems With Your Health Care

If you are having problems that cannot be resolved by talking with your doctor’s office, call the Health First Colorado Customer Contact Center at 1-800-221-3943 or the Ombudsman for Health First Colorado Managed Care at 303-830-3560.

The Ombudsman is independent from all of the Health First Colorado health plans and can help you:

  • Solve problems with your Health First Colorado Managed Care health plan
  • Solve problems with your Health First Colorado Behavioral Health Organization
  • Solve problems with the quality of care you receive
  • File a grievance or appeal
Find Doctors

PEAKHealth is a mobile app that you can use to find a doctor, view your Health First Colorado card, report changes, pay premiums or enrollment fees, find out about your benefits, and get tips to stay healthy.


  • Ask your current doctor if they accept Health First Colorado
  • Use the PEAKHealth Mobile App
  • Visit Colorado.gov/hcpf click on “Find Doctors ” or call the Health First Colorado Customer Contact Center at 1-800-221-3943
  • Members of the Colorado Community Health Alliance call 303-256-1717 or visit CCHAcares.com and click on “Find a Great Doctor in Your Area”
    • Call Foothills Behavioral Health Partners at 1-866-245-1959
    • Call Mental Health Partners at 303-443-8500 or visit mhpcolorado.org
  • Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program) Provider List


  • Follow the steps for finding a doctor
  • Call DentaQuest at 1-888-307-6561 or visit DentaQuest.com

Mental Health

  • Call Foothills Behavioral Health Partners at 1-866-245-1959
  • Call Mental Health Partners at 303-443-8500 or visit mhpcolorado.org

Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+)

Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) is low cost health and dental insurance for Colorado’s uninsured children and pregnant women. CHP+ is public health insurance for children and pregnant women who earn too much to qualify for Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program), but not enough to afford private health insurance. For additional information please visit www.chpplus.org

Benefits Summary

For children ages 0-18 and pregnant women

Behavioral Health Family planning (birth control) Mental health services
Case Management Hearing services Nursing facilities
Check-ups Home health care services Nutritional services (limited)
Chemotherapy and radiation Hospice services Occupational therapy
Dental services ($1,000 per year per child. No dental benefit for pregnant women) Hospital inpatient and outpatient services Physical therapy
Doctor visits Immunizations (shots) Prescription drugs
Dialysis (for patients with kidney disease) Laboratory and radiology Substance abuse treatment
Emergency services Maternity Transplants
Eye exams and glasses Medical equipment and supplies Urgent care

CHP+ Dental Benefits

DentaQuest provides dental benefits to all eligible and enrolled CHP+ child members and to pregnant women beginning October 1, 2019. These benefits include preventive and diagnostic services, restorative services, endodontic, periodontic, prosthodontic, oral surgery, and limited orthodontic services. There will be a maximum allowable of $1000.00 per member per calendar year (January 1 – December 31). As with all CHP+ benefits, higher income families may be required to pay a small fee or co-payment when they receive services. If you have any questions about CHP+ dental benefits call DentaQuest at 1-888-307-6561, TTY 711.


CHP+ is low or no cost health insurance. Depending upon your income and the number of children enrolled, you might owe an annual enrollment fee of up to $105. Enrollment fees are due 30 days from when your child qualifies. Pay enrollment fees online through your PEAK account. Visit Colorado.gov/PEAK, then “Manage My Account” or mail them to Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, PO Box 17549, Denver CO 80217.

There are no co-payments for well-child services. Pregnant women, children in families that include a pregnant woman, Native Americans and Alaskan Natives do not have enrollment fees or co-payments. Visit colorado.gov/hcpf/programs-children, then “Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+)” for more information.

The most you will pay for medical costs during a year is 5% of your income but it’s up to you to keep track! For more information, call CHP+ customer service at 1-800-359-1991.

Getting Care

CHP+ Health Plans

All children enrolled in CHP+ receive their care through a health plan known as a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO). Each health plan has its own network of doctors. All plans off er the same benefits although some offer additional benefits and services. The health plans serving Boulder County are Colorado Access and Kaiser Permanente. To compare health plans see the Child Health Plan Plus Comparison Chart at colorado.gov programs-children, then “Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+).”

Before your child’s health plan enrollment is in effect, your child will be in a pre-HMO period. During this time he or she can receive all CHP+ benefits through the State Managed Care Network (SMCN), except for dental services. Not all doctors participate in the SMCN, so be sure to ask before you get care. Pregnant women are not enrolled in a health plan and can only get services through the SMCN. You will receive an insurance card from the SMCN.

CHP+ Health Plan Contacts

Colorado Access
Kaiser Permanente
State Managed Care Network

Choosing a CHP+ Health Plan

Once your child is approved for CHP+, you’ll need to choose a health plan. Call Health Colorado at 303-839-2120 within 90 days of getting CHP+ to select your child’s health plan.

Prior Authorization

Some services need to be approved by your CHP+HMO before you receive them. This includes procedures, testing, durable medical equipment (examples include wheelchairs and hospital beds), home health services, home IV services, medications and hospital stays (except in an emergency). Your doctor will submit the request for you and your HMO will determine if the service is medically necessary.

Getting Care Away From Home

If you are temporarily away from home, CHP+ may cover the costs of your care in an urgent or emergency situation at an out-of-network provider. Have the hospital or urgent care center send the bill to your HMO. If the provider will accept payment from your HMO, you will be responsible for the co-payment. For more information, contact your HMO.

Find Doctors

Finding Health Care Providers

Each CHP+ health plan has its own network of doctors and dentists that your child can see. Make sure that any doctor or dentist you see is in your plan’s network.

  • Ask your current provider if they accept CHP+
  • Visit your health plan’s website to search for local providers
  • Call your Healthy Communities Family Health Coordinator for help at 303-678-6821

Health First Colorado provides a comprehensive set of benefits and services for children through the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment program (EPSDT) that are different from those offered to adults. All medically necessary services must be covered, even if they’re not covered for adults ages 21 and older. Sometimes these services may require a prior authorization. For additional information please visit Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT)

Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic (EPSDT): What the Terms Mean

Early Identifying problems early, starting at birth
Periodic Checking children’s health at periodic, age-appropriate intervals
Screening Doing physical, mental, developmental, dental, hearing, vision, and other screening tests to detect potential problems
Diagnostic Performing diagnostic tests to follow up a risk is identified
Treatment Treating the problems found

How Often Do Kids Need Check-ups?

A well-child check-up includes a health and developmental history, an unclothed physical exam, appropriate immunizations, laboratory tests, and health education.

Age Check-Ups
Under Age 1 7 per year
1 – 2 years 3 per year
2 – 3 years 3 per year
3 to 21 years 1 per year
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 Health First Colorado and CHP+ will answer your questions.

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