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Congress did not reauthorize federal funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program, known in Colorado as Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+), by the September 30, 2017 deadline. The Department has issued this official statement regarding the status of CHP+ in Colorado.
Q: I’ve heard people talking lately about CHP+ funding. What’s going on?
A: Federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, known in Colorado as Child Health Plan Plus, or CHP+, ended September 30, 2017. If Congress does not act, the program, as it is currently operating, will end January 31, 2018.
Q: Has anything changed yet? Are CHP+ members covered now?
A: There are no changes to CHP+ at this time. CHP+ members should continue to see the doctor and get health care, as usual.
Q: Did CHP+ end October 1, 2017?
A: No. CHP+ did not end October 1, 2017. The federal money Colorado already has for CHP+ can be used until it runs out. If Congress does not act, CHP+ will end in Colorado January 31, 2018.
Q: My child is on CHP+. Should we still go to the doctor? Is it okay to schedule new doctor appointments?
A: Yes. Please continue to use your benefits. Keep taking your child to the doctor and make new appointments for your child just as you normally would.
Q: I am a pregnant CHP+ member. Should I keep going to the doctor?
A: Yes. Please continue to use your benefits. Keep going to the doctor and make new appointments for yourself just as you normally would.
Q: I need health insurance. Is it still possible to qualify for CHP+?
A: Yes. There are no changes to CHP+ at this time. Apply now to see if you qualify for CHP+ or other programs such as Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program).
Q: What’s going to happen if Congress never votes to allow more funding? Will CHP+ end?
A: If Congress does not act, the money for CHP+ will run out January 31, 2018. Please remember: This will ONLY happen IF Congress does not vote to allow more money for CHP+.
Q: What will Congress do?
A: We do not know what Congress will do. We will update the Future of CHP+ web page as soon as we have more information.
Q: How will I know if CHP+ is ending?
A: If your CHP+ benefits are going to end, you will receive a letter letting you know, so it’s very important to make sure we have your correct contact information. CO.gov/PEAK is a great place for keeping your address and other information up to date without waiting on hold or standing in line. Watch our short video to learn more about keeping your information up to date. The video mentions Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program), but the information also applies to CHP+.
You can also call or visit your county department of human or social services to make sure your address is up to date.
Resource for Call Center Agents--Please use this resource if you work for a call center that answers questions about CHP+
May 3, 2017 Department Update
The Department sent a letter to the Colorado congressional delegation informing them that without action by Congress to re-finance CHIP, Colorado can continue to expend money granted to the state through the CHIP program (Title XXI of the Social Security Act) until the state allocation is exhausted. Read the letter.
The Department hosted a public meeting on July 21, 2016, to discuss Future of CHP+ options and to receive feedback and advice from interested stakeholders. The following is a link to the presentation and recording of the meeting:
The Department hosted a public meeting on August 17, 2015, to discuss the Future of CHP+ goals. The following are links to the draft goals and the presentation.
National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP): Looking Ahead: A Timeline of State Policy & Operational Considerations if Federal CHIP Funding Ends for States