New Resources Available to Help Stay Informed on Benefits System Changes

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: July 5, 2013

The Colorado Benefits Management System (CBMS) is the state technology infrastructure that determines eligibility for assistance programs including Medicaid and SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly Food Stamps). In 2012 the Colorado Legislature approved a plan to make significant investments in and improvements to the system, with the goal of more efficiently and reliably serving Coloradans eligible for food, medical and monetary assistance. The Governor’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) has launched a public website, , with regularly updated information and resources on CBMS and the progress on the implementation of improvements. OIT has also released a fact sheet summarizing recent changes to PEAK, the Program Eligibility Assistance Kit, an online tool to allow clients and community partners easy ways to check eligibility, apply for assistance and update their case files. We know counties and community-based organizations play a critical role in helping families get connected to the resources they need to stay healthy and financially secure. These new tools are designed to support county and community partners in that important work.

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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 www.coloradokids.org.