Colorado has expanded Medicaid eligibility for 2014. All individuals making less 133% of the Federal Poverty Level (about $15,000 a year for an individual or about $30,000 a year for a family of four) now qualify and can apply online.
People with higher income should purchase insurance through Connect for Health Colorado to avoid paying the tax penalty and apply for help to pay for insurance.
This key provision in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will provide an estimated 160,000 uninsured Coloradans with health coverage, starting January 1, 2014. The Governor’s Office estimates that expanding Medicaid will save the state over $280 million over 10 years.
The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) will continue to strengthen Medicaid through the Accountable Care Collaborative (ACC).
This is a new Medicaid program to improve clients' health and reduce costs, and has already shown positive outcomes in terms of enrollment, cost savings, quality of care, patient outcomes, and utilization of services.
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society supports the expansion of Medicaid as it will increase access to important healthcare services for Coloradans, including some people with MS.
If you have questions or would like to be involved in Medicaid Expansion, please contact the Chapter's Public Policy Coordinator, Matt Pfeifer or 303-698-5435.