As Coloradans struggle with record unemployment in the fallout of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Department of Health Care Policy & Financing is working to help keep Coloradans covered. The Department’s programs, including Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program) and Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+), covered nearly one in four Coloradans before the COVID-19 pandemic began. The Department anticipates as many as 500,000 more Coloradans will become Health First Colorado or CHP+ members before the end of the year.
During this pandemic -- which is creating both health risk and increased stress and anxiety -- it is especially important for all Coloradans to have health care coverage.
“This is not a time for people to be uninsured and Coloradans who’ve lost their health insurance should give Health First Colorado and CHP+ a hard look. Should adults or children become ill or injured, our programs will provide individuals and families peace of mind during this difficult time knowing their health coverage needs can be met,” said Kim Bimestefer, HCPF executive director.
If you or your loved ones need health coverage, you may qualify for Health First Colorado or CHP+. Visit CO.gov/PEAK to see if you qualify. There is no enrollment period, so you can apply any time apply online any time -- about 75 percent of people who apply online find out immediately if their coverage is approved. You can also apply by phone, mail, or at county offices. Visit CO.gov/hcpf/how-to-apply for more information.
Connect for Health Colorado
If you don’t qualify for Health First Colorado or CHP+, you may qualify for financial help to purchase private health insurance through Connect for Health Colorado, which is Colorado’s individual and family marketplace exchange.
Connect for Health Colorado is the only place you can apply for financial help to lower the cost of private health insurance. The financial help you can get to lower your monthly payment is called a Premium Tax Credit. Information about financial assistance, discounts, and tools to help you estimate savings are available at Connectforhealthco.com/financial-help. To learn more or to apply for private health insurance, visit Connectforhealthco.com or call 855-PLANS-4-YOU (855-752-6749) or TTY 855-346-3432.