Changes to CHP+ & Medicaid mean better coverage options for kids

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: October 12, 2012

Enrollment in the Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) program will be easier for Colorado families because of changes adopted today by the Medical Services Board. The board, which sets rules for the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, approved three rules to improve efficiency and expand access to CHP+, including:

  • Unanimously approving a final rule to streamline enrollment in CHP+ managed care organizations. The change ensures children are more easily connected with an appropriate CHP+ health plan.
  • Giving initial approval for a rule to allow children of state employees to enroll in CHP+. This will even the playing field for families of state employees, allowing them to enroll their children in CHP+ as long as they meet other eligibility criteria.
  • Giving initial approval for a rule to align Medicaid eligibility for all children age birth to 18, thus ending the Medicaid “stair-step,” and expanding Medicaid eligibility for pregnant women to 185 percent of the federal poverty level. This action implements Senate Bills 11-008 and 11-250, legislation that the Children’s Campaign and All Kids Covered championed in 2011.

Children’s Campaign Vice President of Health Initiatives, Cody Belzley, testified in support of all three rule changes at the hearing this morning. She said passage of these rules are a significant step forward in our continued effort to ensure the CHP+ program is working well for Colorado kids and families.

To learn more, check out this fact sheet from the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. It describes these and other Medicaid and CHP+ policy changes that  will go into effect on January 1, 2013.

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