On April 1, 2012, Colorado expanded Medicaid to include coverage for adults without dependent children (AwDC) with incomes at or below 10% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), earning approximately $90 or less a month for a single adult ($125 for a married couple).
In Colorado, there are just under 50,000 individuals who meet these requirements, however, the enrollment was capped at 10,000.
Although the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) has enrolled 10,000 individuals, new applicants can be put on a waiting list where they are randomly selected for enrollment on a monthly basis pending availability.
The Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved (CCMU), along with its partner organizations, contracted John Snow Research and Training Institute, Inc. (JSI) to conduct key interviews and research on expanding Medicaid to this new population.
Their researched covered topics such as best practices and challenges related to outreach and enrollment strategies, application and eligibility processes, care linkage and utilization, and ongoing monitoring and evaluation. This research will be valuable as Colorado expands Medicaid to 133% FPL in 2014. View the full report here.