Public Health Emergency Planning

NEWS UPDATE: On Jan. 8, 2021 HHS Secretary Azar indicated the COVID-19 PHE will be extended. The new end date is expected to be April 20, 2021.

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government declared a public health emergency (PHE). During the PHE, state agencies are required to continue health care coverage for all medical assistance programs, even if someone’s eligibility changes. 

As a result, we are keeping our Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid program) and Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) members covered during the PHE so they don’t have to worry about their health and wellbeing during this challenging time. 

No one knows how long the PHE may last, so we need to prepare now. As soon as we know when it will end, we will notify our members and partners. This web page provides resources for stakeholders, providers and partners as the Department plans for upcoming changes that will result at the end of the PHE.  Information for members will be posted at

Frequently Asked Questions


Member Communications

  • Coming Soon – the Department will post samples of member communications as they are developed. 
  • Member COVID Resources

County & Eligibility Partner Guidance

Provider Guidance

  • Coming Soon - Links to PHE Planning guidance to providers will be posted here as it becomes available.
  • Provider COVID Resources