Medicaid Unwind

If you haven’t heard yet, the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Finance (HCPF) announced on Friday that they will resume standard eligibility renewal and disenrollment processing for individuals receiving Health First Colorado or CHP+ benefits. You may recall this was standard practice before the Public Health Emergency began in March 2020, but has not occurred since.  

I participated in a press conference at the State Capitol with other health care leaders, to ensure that Coloradans know we are working closely with HCPF throughout this process and are ready to help those rolling off Medicaid stay covered.

Since the Medicaid continuous coverage provisions went into place nearly three years ago, we’ve implemented big changes to make health insurance plans more accessible and affordable.

For example, thanks to the American Rescue Plan Act and Inflation Reduction Act, Connect for Health Colorado has been able to offer greater savings to more people. Currently, 75 percent of our customers qualify for financial help. And, two out of three customers can find a plan for $25 per month or less with financial help applied.

Colorado’s Health Insurance Affordability Enterprise has also provided financial assistance to people on our Marketplace whose incomes are just over the limit to qualify for Medicaid. For the past two years, tens of thousands of individuals qualified for even more health care savings on things like copayments, deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums.

So, as the standard eligibility and renewal process begins in a few months, we will be ready to help Coloradans fins a plan that is right for their families. Much more to come as the Colorado Division of Insurance finalizes the regulation for these folks to have extended special enrollment periods. We will continue to share our plans and coordination efforts in the months to come.

In the News

Colorado Public Radio and State Reform covered the news of the Medicaid unwind.

Take care,

Kevin Patterson, MURP, MPA
Chief Executive Officer
Connect for Health Colorado