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Learn about Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program) with Kaiser Permanente

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Medicaid provides free or low-cost health coverage to low-income individuals and their families. On January 1, 2014, Colorado expanded Medicaid to a larger and more diverse group of people, including adults and children below certain income levels. In Colorado, Medicaid is now called “Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program)”. Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) is a public health program that offers low-cost health and dental insurance for Colorado’s uninsured children and pregnant women who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to afford private health insurance.

Once you are approved for Health First Colorado, the State of Colorado will assign you a Medicaid Primary Care Medical Provider.


If you qualify for CHP+ and live in Denver/Boulder, Kaiser Permanente may be available to you as your HMO provider.

Health First Colorado provides a core set of health care benefits, including doctor visits, hospital care, immunization, and pregnancy-related services. 

Outpatient care

Get care from a healthcare provider such as a nurse, doctor or specialist – including appointments, exams, and treatment.

Pediatric services

Your child can get regular check-ups, dental care, vision care and immunizations.


Get prescriptions that are covered by your plan.

Hospital inpatient care

If you have to go to a hospital, you can get the services you need, including x-rays and lab tests.

Emergency care

If you need to make an emergency room visit, you can get emergency services.

Laboratory services

Most lab tests are covered.

and Newborn care 

Regular maternity care appointments, newborn screenings, immunizations, and more are covered.

Health Services

Get comprehensive mental health care including behavioral health treatment, counseling and substance use disorder services.*

& Habilitative Services

Services and devices to help you recover from an injury, disability or chronic condition.  Examples include physical and occupational therapy.

and wellness services

Care you need to stay healthy, such as physical exams, counseling, screening, vaccines and chronic disease management.

Please note: Some services may require preauthorization. All services must be provided or authorized by a Kaiser Permanente doctor or medical staff.


*Health First Colorado provides mental health care through Behavioral Health Organizations, and these services are not accessed through Kaiser Permanente. For more information click here.

Find out if you may qualify for Health First Colorado
See if you qualify

If you qualify for Medicaid, you may also qualify for other assistance programs, such as Colorado Food Assistance

Questions about Health First Colorado with Kaiser Permanente?

Call the Kaiser Permanente Medicaid Assistance Center at
1-800-539-04631-800-539-0463 (toll free) or 711711 (TTY),
9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Español: 1-800-538-63071-800-538-6307