CO-CHAMP (HRSA-SHAP Grant)
The Department initially received funding from HRSA, State Health Access Program (SHAP) for seven comprehensive and interrelated projects totaling $42,773,029 over five years that we are describing as Colorado’s Comprehensive Health Access Modernization Program (CO-CHAMP). CO-CHAMP reflects our responsibility as leaders to “champion” policies that will lead to greater access to health care, increase positive health outcomes and reduce cost-shifting. Modernization includes making investments in infrastructure and technology but also includes implementing new strategies around benefit design and cost-sharing. Coverage expansions to over 130,000 Coloradans under Colorado Health Care Affordability Act make it essential to ensure that our current systems work as well as possible to support the increased caseload, making the health care delivery system and access to programs more outcomes-focused and client-centered. The funding provided was cut after two years due to the implementation of the Federal Affordable Care Act. The CO-CHAMP project will now be completed in August 2013.