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Planning for Health Care Reform

Enacted in 2010, the Affordable Care Act (health care reform law) mandates comprehensive reforms that have broad impacts on those with and without health insurance. In January 2013, Governor John Hickenlooper announced that Colorado will expand Medicaid coverage to more Coloradans. Additionally, Colorado will run its own health insurance marketplace, Connect for Health Colorado, allowing individuals who do not qualify for Medicaid to receive financial assistance to purchase health insurance coverage for themselves and their families. Low-income individuals and families who may not have been able to get health insurance in the past will now be able to fill out a single application to qualify for public health insurance coverage or up-front financial assistance, based on income, to reduce costs through Connect for Health Colorado.


The Department of Health Care Policy and Financing is implementing changes to our systems and practices. These preparations include modifying our policies and computer systems, and working with the Department of Human Services and the Governor's Office of Information and Technology to ensure we are ready for the changes in caseload and populations served that health care reform will bring. This page is a resource for our partners and stakeholders interested in staying informed of progress on health care reform implementation.


The first stage of this process was to submit a Planning Advance Planning Document (PAPD) to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for review.  The next phase was to prepare and submit the Implementation Advance Planning Document (IAPD) to CMS for review.  On January 2nd, 2013 we received final approval of the IAPD from CMS. The next phase of the project was to submit a Maintenance and Operations Advance Planning Document (MOAPD). The Department received final approval of the MOAPD from CMS on December 30, 2013. 

 For more information please contact Raina Paisley.