Fast Fact- May 10, 2019
In Fiscal Year 17-18, 44 percent of children under 19 in Colorado were enrolled in Medicaid (about 593,000 children). Medicaid covers Colorado children in families with a modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) at or below 142 percent of the federal poverty level: in 2018, this was an income of $2,971 a month or less for a family of four. Public coverage programs not only help ensure kids can access the care they need to grow up healthy and strong—they also help fight poverty by protecting a family’s financial resources. A 2017 study examining the impact of health benefits on poverty rates found that Medicaid decreased the child poverty rate more than all other non-health means-tested programs combined. To learn more about children enrolled in Medicaid last year, please visit the KIDS COUNT Data Center.