Fast Fact- May 10, 2019

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: 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.

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The Colorado Children’s Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed since 1985 to realizing every chance for every child in Colorado. We advocate for the development and implementation of data-driven public policies that improve child wellbeing in health, education and early childhood. We do this by providing Coloradans with trusted data and research on child wellbeing and organizing an extensive state-wide network of dedicated child advocates. For more information, please visit