Learn about Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program) with Kaiser Permanente
Medicaid provides free or low-cost health care 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 care 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. The Affordable Care Act ensures all Medicaid health plans offer what is known as Essential Health Benefits (EHB). These comprehensive services include the following categories:
Get care from a healthcare provider such as a nurse, doctor or specialist – including appointments, exams, and treatment.
Your child can get regular check-ups, oral 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.
If you need to make an emergency room visit, you can get emergency services, along with support services, such as x-rays and lab tests.
Lab tests are covered.
and Newborn care
Regular maternity care appointments, newborn screenings, immunizations, and more are covered.
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.