Health First Colorado vs CICP

Why Health First Colorado?

Since January 2014, changes have allowed more Coloradans to get insurance through Health First Colorado (Colorado's Medicaid Program).

When to Apply

All new and renewing Colorado Indigent Care Program (CICP) clients who may meet the income requirements for Health First Colorado may apply for Health First Colorado. Once eligibility is determined, coverage may backdate 90 days prior to application. Health First Colorado has no monthly premiums and copays are lower with Health First Colorado than CICP for most people.

Advantages of Applying Now

The sooner you apply, the sooner you will find out if you qualify for Health First Colorado. All U.S. citizens and legal residents who have not obtained qualifying coverage may be assessed a tax penalty.

Quick Comparison:

Services Covered CICP Health First Colorado
Emergency Care Yes Yes
Health Insurance No Yes
Prescription Drug Coverage Limited Yes
Durable Medical Equipment No Yes
Statewide Limited Yes
Physician Services Covered Limited Yes
Specialist Services Limited Yes
Dental Coverage No Yes
Behavioral Health Services No Yes
Regional Care Collaborative No Yes

The Accountable Care Collaborative (ACC) connects Health First Colorado clients to Health First Colorado health care providers and also helps Health First Colorado clients find community and social services in their area.

CICP Providers are only required to treat patients for emergency care. It is up to the provider to decide which other types of services they are willing to cover under CICP.

How to Apply

Applying for Health First Colorado is convenient and confidential using colorado.gov/PEAK. Eligibility for food, cash assistance, and Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) can also be determined using PEAK.

If Denied

If you apply for Health First Colorado and are determined not eligible, you may still be eligible for CICP. Make an appointment with a CICP provider where you live to fill out your application and bring your Health First Colorado denial letter with you. To find a CICP provider where you live, see the CICP page or call 1-800-221-3943. You can also apply for health insurance through Connect for Health Colorado. For more information on Connect for Health Colorado call 1-855-752-6749.