Earlier this summer, Colorado introduced a new name and look for the state’s Medicaid program. The new name, Health First Colorado, reflects the changes that have been made to update the program to engage members and improve the quality and coordination of their health care. The introduction of the Health First Colorado name is made possible through grants from the Colorado Health Foundation and Caring for Colorado Foundation.
While the name and look of Colorado Medicaid have changed, member eligibility, benefits, and choice of providers remain the same. Members do not need to re-apply to keep their coverage. Health First Colorado offers a variety of benefits to help members improve and maintain their health. Benefits for adult and child members include primary care provider and specialist visits, behavioral and mental health care, dental and vision care, emergency room and urgent care visits, prescription drugs, women’s health services, and more.
Health First Colorado also offers care coordination services to help members understand their benefits, make appointments with doctors and other providers, and take care of non-medical needs like housing, childcare, transportation and food assistance.
There are a variety of ways you can get help in applying for Health First Colorado or understanding your benefits. Help is available in person or by phone through your county of residence’s Department of Human Services or application assistance sites listed on www.HealthFirstColorado.com. Some clinics that provide health care services can also determine if you are eligible and help you apply for Health First Colorado.
Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program) is public health insurance for low-income Coloradans who qualify. For more information about Health First Colorado, visit www.HealthFirstColorado.com.