50 In 50

Colorado Medicaid - 50 Facts In 50 Days

We're celebrating 50 years of Medicaid in Colorado by presenting 50 facts about the program in 50 days.

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  • January 22, 2018: In June 2016 we unveiled Colorado Medicaid's new name: Health First Colorado. The name reflects our commitment to putting our members' health first for the past 50 years. #50facts50days
    Health First Colorado

  • January 23, 2018: Health First Colorado eligibility is based on a member's income. A family of four earning up to $32,724 can qualify. #50facts50days
    Health First Colorado Income Levels

  • January 24, 2018: We make sure our members get the medical care they need to stay healthy. Learn about the wide range of covered benefits and services available to Health First Colorado members: healthfirstcolorado.com/benefits-services #50facts50days
    Health First Colorado Benefits

  • January 25, 2018: Health First Colorado members have access to behavioral health care services. Coverage starts as soon as you sign up and there are no co-pays. #50facts50days
    Behavioral Health Benefits

  • January 26, 2018: Health First Colorado reaches people in every Colorado county. See our County Fact Sheets to explore details about how we cover people in your area: co.gov/hcpf/county-fact-sheets #50facts50days
  • January 29, 2018: 78% of Health First Colorado members -- over 1 million people -- are enrolled in the Accountable Care Collaborative for more personalized care specific to their region. #50facts50days
    Accountable Care Collaborative Membership

  • January 30, 2018: Where do Health First Colorado's members live? #50facts50days
    Where do Health First Colorado members live?
  • January 31, 2018: Children make up 41% of our members and 18% of our expenses, while people with disabilities make up 6% of our members and 28% of expenses. #50facts50days
    Who Is Covered?
  • February 1, 2018: Health First Colorado and Child Health Plan Plus cover more than 1 in 5 Coloradans with very low administrative costs. #50facts50days
    Health First Colorado Administrative Costs
  • February 2, 2018: Federal funds make up 60% of the Department's budget for Health First Colorado and other related programs. #50facts50days
    Department Funding Sources
  • February 5: 2018: Health First Colorado members come from all ethnic groups in Colorado. In the past year 34% of our members identified as white and 24% as Hispanic. #50facts50days
    Health First Colorado demographics
  • February 6, 2018: The Department provides a variety of benefits to Health First Colorado and Child Health Plan Plus members. In fiscal year 2016-17, our 1.3 million members received $7.8 billion in benefits. #50facts50days
    Health First Colorado costs by benefit
  • February 7, 2018: Health First Colorado covers a wide range of Coloradans. Kids and adolescents under 20 make up 41% of our members and 53% of members are female. #50facts50days
    Health First Colorado demographics

  • February 8, 2018: Colorado makes history! As of 2017, 93.5 percent of Coloradans were covered by health insurance. #50facts50days
    Colorado Health Insurance Landscape
  • February 9, 2018: 45% of babies in Colorado were born to mothers covered by Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program) or Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) in 2016. #50facts50days
    Health First Colorado babies
  • February 12, 2018: 67% of Primary Care Medical Providers in Health First Colorado's Accountable Care Collaborative offer after-hours appointments and 74% are accepting new patients. #50facts50days
    Accountable Care Collaborative Primary Care Incentives

  • February 13, 2018: Health First Colorado and Child Health Plan Plus cover 1.4 million Coloradans with only 3% administrative costs. Private insurance can have administrative costs of up to 20%. #50facts50days
    Health First Colorado administrative costs
  • February 14, 2018: Our buy-in programs allow some individuals to purchase Health First Colorado coverage when they otherwise wouldn't be eligible. #50facts50days
    Buy In Programs
  • February 15, 2018: The Accountable Care Collaborative (ACC) has reduced health care related expenditures persistently over time. Estimated net cost savings for Fiscal Year 2016-17 totaled $21 million. #50facts50days
    Accountable Care Collaborative Savings
  • February 16, 2018: In this interview, University of Colorado at Denver graduate and former Health First Colorado member Anna Nguyen describes how the program helped her maintain her health and allowed her to focus on her studies while she attended college. #50facts50days
    Health First Colorado member video - Anna
  • February 20, 2018: Health First Colorado pays for counseling and medications to help members quit smoking. #50facts50days
    Quit Smoking

  • Feburary 21, 2018: Colorado’s health care system was ranked 6th overall in 2017. #50facts50days
    Commonwealth Fund 2017 Ranking

  • February 22, 2018: There are now nearly 1900 dental providers serving Health First Colorado's members around the state. #50facts50days
    Members can search for a nearby dentist using our Find a Doctor tool: healthfirstcolorado.com/find-doctors

    Health First Colorado Find a Doctor

  • February 23, 2018: 67% of Enhanced Primary Care Medical Providers (ePCMPs) in Health First Colorado’s Accountable Care Collaborative offer after hours and/or weekend appointments. #50facts50days
    After hours care

  • February 26, 2018: Colorado is ranked 8th in the nation for long term services and supports for older adults, people with physical disabilities, and family caregivers. #50facts50days
    Long Term Services and Supports Ranking

  • February 27, 2018: 6% of Health First Colorado's members are people with disabilities. #50facts50days​
    Health First Colorado Demographics

  • February 28, 2018: Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) eligibility guidelines allow families with slightly higher incomes to get health coverage for their children. #50facts50days
    Child Health Plan Plus income guidelines

  • March 1, 2018: The Department provides a wide variety of benefits to Health First Colorado members via our health care partners. #50facts50days
    Health First Colorado finance breakdown by provider type

  • March 2, 2018: Health First Colorado's state vs. federal funding has changed since the Affordable Care Act took effect. #50facts50days
    Health First Colorado state vs. Federal Funding

  • March 5, 2018: The Cost of care per Health First Colorado member has decreased over the past five years. #50facts50days
    Health First Colorado per capita costs

  • March 6, 2018: Health First Colorado members can get medical advice by phone 24 hours a day via our Nurse Advice Line at 1-800-283-3221. #50facts50days
    Nurse advice line

  • March 7, 2018: Health First Colorado members can update their address or find a doctor using the free PEAKHealth app on their phone. #50facts50days
    PEAKHealth Mobile App

  • March 8, 2018: 1 in 4 Coloradans will experience a behavioral health issue this year. Health First Colorado (Colorado's Medicaid Program) is working with Behavioral Health Organizations to support the integration of behavioral health care into primary care settings. #50facts50days
    Behavioral Health In Colorado

  • March 9, 2018: Coloradans who do not qualify for Health First Colorado or Child Health Plan Plus might be eligible for discounted health services through the Colorado Indigent Care Program (CICP). #50facts50days
    Colorado Indigent Care Program (CICP)


  • March 12, 2018: Health First Colorado's membership of 1.3 million people is made up of slightly more women than men. #50facts50days
    Health First Colorado Demographics by Gender


  • March 13, 2018: Qualifying older individuals can receive need-based services to help them stay in their community with help from the PACE program. #50facts50days co.gov/hcpf/program-all-inclusive-care-elderly
    Senior with child

  • March 14, 2018: The Old Age Pension (OAP) Health and Medical Care Program provides limited medical care for certain individuals who don't qualify for Health First Colorado. #50facts50days co.gov/hcpf/old-age-pension-health-and-medical-care-program-oap
    Elderly couple with boy

  • March 16, 2018: The Senior Dental Program delivered 1,413 dentures and 1,681 preventive services during the 2016-17 fiscal year. #50facts50days 
    Person using a walker

  • March 19, 2018: The Department offers additional benefits to Health First Colorado members who qualify. Our Home and Community-Based Services serve members with physical, intellectual, or developmental disabilities. #50facts50days
    Home and Community-Based Services

  • March 20, 2018: Health First Colorado is a partner in our members' health, including substance use disorder services and treatment. Learn more about the covered substance use disorder services and benefits available to in this video. #50facts50days
    Behavioral Health Benefits with Health First Colorado

  • March 21, 2018: Member Feature: At 41, Laura wasn’t expecting to have a baby. The doctors had told the couple that Jed’s medication would preclude conceiving a child. But against medical expectations, Laura found herself in a high risk pregnancy. “Very quickly we realized we were seriously in trouble,” she said. “We needed help. We needed health care in a way we hadn’t needed it before. And I went on Medicaid.” Read their story in the Department's newly released Annual Report: co.gov/hcpf/hcpf-2016-2017-annual-report
    HCPF 2016-2017 Annual Report

  • March 22, 2018: “Medicaid and the services and supports it has given my family have been unbelievable. Even beyond the substantial medical, dental and behavioral health care Daniel needs, we get access to community services that you would never think of until you are raising a child like ours.” Read Daniel's story in the Department's newly released Annual Report: co.gov/hcpf/hcpf-2016-2017-annual-report #50facts50days
    HCPF Annual Report - Daniel

  • March 23, 2018: Registered nurse Edie Wilkerson relies on Health First Colorado to ensure that expecting mothers get the prenatal care they need and their babies have the greatest possible chance at a healthy start. Thousands of women rely on Health First Colorado for access to prenatal care and nearly half of all births in the state are covered by Health First Colorado. Read more in the Department's newly released Annual Report: co.gov/hcpf/hcpf-2016-2017-annual-report #50facts50days
    Registered nurse Edie Wilkerson

  • March 26, 2018: “So much of what we do is funded by Health First Colorado, but it is open to all of our patients,” said Dr. Cecile Fraley, a board certified pediatrician and the chief executive officer of Pediatric Partners of the Southwest. “The integrated services we provide, the access to telemedicine, the data-driven interventions would never be covered by private insurance.” Read more in the Department's newly released Annual Report: co.gov/hcpf/hcpf-2016-2017-annual-report #50facts50days
    Annual Report - Pediatric Partners of the Southwest

  • March 27, 2018: Born with cerebral palsy, Rochelle uses Health First Colorado to get the help she needs for mobility, whether that’s crutches to help her walk or transportation supports from individuals like her grandmother, Jackie, to make sure she can participate fully in her community. Read Rochelle's story in the Department's newly released Annual Report: co.gov/hcpf/hcpf-2016-2017-annual-report #50facts50days
    Annual Report - Rochelle

  • March 28, 2018: In fiscal year 2016-2017 the Department began restructuring to more effectively, efficiently and responsively administer and develop long term services and supports benefits for Health First Colorado members and their families. #50facts50days
    Long-Term Services and Supports Goals

  • March 29, 2018: Access to health care helps Ty manage his ongoing mental health challenges and makes it possible for him to lead a youth advocacy organization that he believes makes a real difference for other kids who grew up institutionalized like he did. “I’ve lived in poverty almost my entire life. If it wasn’t for Medicaid, I probably wouldn’t be here. I didn’t have any resources growing up and ended up in institutions instead.”
    Read Ty's story in the Department's new Annual Report:
    co.gov/hcpf/hcpf-2016-2017-annual-report #50facts50days
    Annual Report - Ty

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