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Learn about Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program)

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In Colorado, Medicaid is now called “Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program)”. Health First Colorado provides free or low-cost health coverage to individuals and their families who qualify. 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 qualify.

Once you are approved for Health First Colorado, the State of Colorado will assign you a Primary Care Medical Provider. You can choose another participating primary care provider at any time by calling Health First Colorado Enrollment. If you live in the Denver/Boulder area, Kaiser Permanente may be available as a Primary Care Medical Provider.


If you qualify for CHP+ and live in the Denver/Boulder area, Kaiser Permanente may be available to you as your HMO provider. Click here to learn about Child Health Plan Plus.

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.


* For more information about Health First Colorado Behavioral Health Services click here. These services are not accessed through Kaiser Permanente for Health First Colorado members.

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See if you qualify

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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