Why Become a Provider?

As a Health First Colorado (Colorado's Medicaid Program) provider, you have the opportunity to improve the health and well-being of more than a million Coloradans.  Health First Colorado is more than health insurance – it is a vital public service, helping almost one in five Colorado citizens stay healthy or move towards better health.

Health First Colorado Programs Serve People In Your Community

  • Pregnant women
  • Low income children and adults
  • Elderly and people with disabilities

Continuity of Care For Your Patients

  • Public health programs are where families turn for health care when faced with unemployment or loss of employer-based health coverage.
  • Enrolling in Health First Colorado allows you to keep serving your existing patients during changing times.
  • Serving both commercial insurance and Health First Colorado means you can serve your families who have mixed health insurance coverage (e.g. children on Health First Colorado and parents on private coverage).

Key Health First Colorado Provider Benefits

We Pay Fast

  • In 2015 Health First Colorado (Colorado's Medicaid Program) paid an average of seven million claims per month with an average payment time of nine calendar days - faster than most private payers!
  • Claims are paid weekly and deposited directly into your business account.

You Are In Control

  • As a Health First Colorado provider you have full control of the number of Health First Colorado patients you see.
  • You can choose whether or not your practice is published in our online Provider Directory.

Incentive Programs and Provider Support

  • Electronic Health Records (EHR) Provider Incentive Program provides financial support for practices wanting to move to or upgrade their electronic health record systems.
  • Colorado’s Accountable Care Collaborative (ACC) Program - Primary care practices that enroll as Primary Care Medical Providers (PCMPs) in the ACC receive practice support, client-level health data, and help coordinating both medical and non-medical care for their patients.  Providers also receive additional payments for enrolled patients and for supporting important quality and health outcomes.

To find out more about becoming a Health First Colorado provider, watch the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing's brief 10-minute webinar hosted by the Department's Chief Medical Office, Dr. Judy Zerzan.


"Predictability is huge! In a practice, efficiency is all about scheduling time. Medicaid is quite clear about what is covered and what is not so we actually spend less time supporting claims and more time with our patients."
- Tamaan Osbourne-Roberts M.D. Colorado Family Physician