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Healthy Living


The Department is committed to improving the health of our clients, staff and community.  Our focus on healthy living extends from healthy development during infancy and childhood through the life span to healthy aging.  Our health improvement efforts are based in an understanding of the social determinants of health, and the importance of building healthy communities.


Information for Providers and Stakeholders 


Wellness Messages for Medicaid Clients


You and your family can stay healthy with Medicaid’s prevention services.


  • Every child should get regular well-child check-ups.

  • Children should see a dentist by their first birthday, and then regularly as recommended by their provider.

  • Adults and children should receive weight and height (BMI) screening at every provider visit to track and manage issues of obesity.

  • Every teen (ages 11-20) should receive screening for depression annually.

  • Medicaid pays for two tobacco quit attempts per year: for help with quitting, call the QuitLine at 1-800-QUITNOW (1-800-784-8669).


The Medicaid program covers these services; all clients are encouraged to take advantage of these prevention benefits.


Dental Care

Adult Dental  

Beginning April 1, 2014, the Department will implement a limited adult dental benefit.


Medicaid enrolled clients age 21 years and over may receive a number of basic adult dental preventive, diagnostic and minor restorative services (such as exams, x-rays, cleanings and fillings). Adult Medicaid clients may receive up to $1,000 worth of the dental services per 12-month state fiscal year period (July 1 – June 30).


The adult dental benefit is limited to the dental services that are currently offered to children and do not require a prior authorization request.


Children's Dental 

It is important to take your child to the dentist by one year of age, and get dental checkups as recommended by your dentist.  Medicaid and CHP+ benefits cover these visits for children.


Find a Medicaid or CHP+ Provider


For information on how to take care of your child's teeth:  Cavity Free at Three Videos


For guidance about taking your child to the dentist:  American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry


Depression Services

As a Medicaid client, your child (ages 11-20), can receive screening for depression annually, or sooner if you have concerns.  It is important to identify problems early and get appropriate referrals and treatment. 


To locate your mental health provider:


  • Medicaid clients contact your Behavioral Health Organization (BHO)

  • CHP+ members do not need a doctor's referral for mental health services.  Members should call their HMO directly for an appointment.


If you need mental health services call:


  • Your provider or, in an emergency, call the Metro Crisis Line at 888-885-1222.

  • If you or someone you know is at risk for suicide, please call 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255).  This is the Colorado Lifeline - a 24 hour crisis line for depression/suicide.


If you are worried about depression answer these questions.  It may be helpful to take this to your next appointment with your health care provider.


Mental Health Wellness Campaign Information (10x10 Wellness Campaign)


For Behavioral Health information specifically targeted to men, go to Man Therapy.


2013 SAMHSA Health Barometer Colorado Report


Avoiding Obesity

It is important to get your height and weight checked at every provider visit.  This will tell you about your Body Mass Index (BMI) and this is important information for you and your provider.


  • Free information about healthy eating and how to plan, shop and cook healthy meals

  • Free information about exercising and controlling your weight

  • Understanding your Body Mass Index (a measure of obesity)


How to Quit Smoking

All clients over the age of 13 should be screened for tobacco use at every health care visit.  By helping teens and young adults avoid using tobacco, we will help them live longer and healthier lives. We can make the next generation tobacco free. to learn more

Say It. Share It. Spread the word about being tobacco free


If you would like free help from a personal coach to stop using tobacco products, visit Colorado QuitLine or call 800-QuitNow (800-784-8669).


To receive medication to help you quit, contact your Medicaid doctor for a prescription.  As a Medicaid client, you are eligible to receive 90 days of nicotine replacement and other supportive medications for two quit attempts each year (this benefit is not available to CHP+ clients).


For general information on health and wellness:


CDC:  Healthy Living

HHS:  Health Finder


For additional information, contact Jerry Ware (303) 866-2335.


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