Connect For Health Colorado
Connect for Health Colorado is the official marketplace for health insurance where the premiums can be offset by tax credits for income-eligible individuals and families.
Open enrollment will begin on November 1st, 2022. To determine if you and your family are eligible for a tax credit to help you purchase a healthcare plan through Connect for Health Colorado, you must first complete an application for Medicaid. This can be done online on the Colorado PEAK website. If you qualify for Medicaid, no further action is required. If you are over the income limit for Medicaid, you can go shop the Marketplace for a plan. If you need help with this process, you can contact Connect For Health Colorado. Both of these options can be completed by going to Connect For Health Colorado‘s website.
Children’s Health Plan Plus (CHP+)
Children's Health Plan Plus (CHP+) is a federal program that provides medical coverage for children in low-income households who meet the income and eligibility requirements for the program. Please see the CHP+ website for more information on the eligibility requirements or to apply for assistance. You can also apply for medical assistance AND other programs simultaneously on the Colorado PEAK website.
Health First Colorado (formerly known as Medicaid)
This program is for families and individuals. Health First Colorado is available to pregnant women, children under the age of 18 (and in some situations the child’s parents), adults over the age of 60 or permanently and totally disabled, and working adults with disabilities between the ages of 16 and 64, and adults without dependent children between the ages of 19 and 64. Only U.S. citizens and legal resident aliens are eligible for regular Health First Colorado. Pregnant, undocumented women are eligible for delivery costs only.
For pregnant women and children, applications are available in English and Spanish. For adults over the age of 60 or permanently and totally disabled applications are available in English (PDF) and Spanish (PDF).
Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) - Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program), in addition to providing medical coverage for more than 1 million Colorado residents, is free transportation to and from your doctor’s appointments or can help eligible customers pay for their travel expenses incurred for non-emergency travel to and from doctor appointments and other health-related appointments.
If you are eligible for Health First Colorado (Medicaid) and anticipate needing a ride to a doctor’s appointment, please contact Valley Taxi at (970) 404-5181 or High Mountain Taxi at (970) 925-8294 for assistance.
Long Term Care Medicaid
Within the Medicaid program is an additional program known as Long Term Care. This program is designed to provide assistance to individuals with disabilities who need assistance with day-to-day self-care activities and have low income and limited resources. Services may include home health care or nursing/assisted living care. You can apply for this program on the Health First website or PEAK, but the process does take some time and we recommend that you contact the Economic Assistance department at (970) 920-5244 to learn more.
Individuals Who Are Not Lawfully Present
For individuals who are not lawfully present in the United States, access to Medicaid coverage is very limited. There are two exceptions: women who are pregnant and anyone whose doctor will verify was treated for a life or limb-threatening injury or illness. The standard income limits do apply. For more information, please contact the Economic Assistance department at (970) 920-5244.
Mountain Family Health Centers
Mountain Family Health Centers (MFHC) provides integrated health services (medical, dental, and behavioral health care) and can work with patients on a sliding scale fee schedule to meet their budget needs. Please have a look at their website to review the hours and services at their Basalt location.
Community Health Services
Community Health Services is a local nonprofit whose mission is to provide preventative health services to the community. This includes immunizations, women’s health screenings, STI testing, and prenatal care. They accept Medicaid and have affordable pricing for their services. Please review their website for more information.
The Arc of the Central Mountains
The Arc of the Central Mountains is a nonprofit 501 (c)3 organization serving the rural counties of Eagle, Garfield, Lake and Pitkin. We are committed to creating opportunities within our local communities for all individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. We collaborate with various stakeholder groups and organizations to create truly community-based solutions. The Arc of the Central Mountains provides support through Advocacy, Public Policy, Outreach, and Education.
Mountain Valley Developmental Services
Mountain Valley Developmental Services supports adults and children in Eagle, Garfield, Lake, and Pitkin counties with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Our work provides life span services for these individuals, their parents and family members, guardians, colleagues at work, neighbors, and friends to promote independence, quality of life, and rights protection.
Ascendigo Autism Services
Ascendigo Autism Services is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in the Roaring Fork Valley near Aspen, Colorado. We provide opportunities for growth and independence for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Beginning in 2004 with our summer sports camp (formerly Extreme Sports Camp), Ascendigo has since expanded to offer employment services, in-home behavioral therapy, and life coaching.