Connect for Health Colorado


Open enrollment for 2016 health insurance coverage is closed. It will re-open November 2016 for health insurance coverage in 2017. If you have had any of the following life change events in the last month, you may qualify for health insurance (reduced-cost plans) through Connect for Health Colorado outside the open enrollment period:

  • Marriage, birth, adoption and placement for foster care.
  • Your insurance plan or Medicaid coverage was canceled or ended.
  • You changed jobs and lost employer-sponsored insurance. 
  • You gained citizenship or immigration status.
  • You experienced a change in incarceration status.
  • You moved to Colorado.

For more information, call 970-871-7330 in Steamboat Springs or 970-871-7324 in Craig. You can apply for health insurance through Colorado Medicaid or Child Health Plan Plus year round (see below).


Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+)


CHP+ is low-cost health and dental insurance for children and pregnant women. It’s for families that make too much money to join Medicaid but not enough to afford private insurance. Generally, a family of four with an income up to $55,000 a year will qualify for CHP+. To qualify, a person must:

  • Be pregnant or 18 or younger
  • Live in Colorado
  • Not qualify for Medicaid
  • Not have other health insurance
  • Have family income with CHP+ income limits
  • Be U.S. citizens, legal permanent U.S. residents for at least five years (excluding pregnant women and children) or an asylee or refugee.

Depending on family size and income, some famlies may need to pay an annual enrollment fee and co-pays (payment at time of visit). The maximum annual fee is $105. Co-pays range between $2 and $50 for some medical and dental services. Pregnant women have no co-pays. Pregnant woman can get health care right away while she waits for CHP+ to look at her application. This is called Presumptive Eligibility. Children in CHP+ get health services in an HMO (Health Maintenance Organization). An HMO is a group of doctors, nurses, hospitals and other providers who work together to give children in CHP+ health care. Members must visit a doctor who is in their CHP+ HMO. For more information, call 970-871-7330 in Steamboat Springs and 970-871-7324 in Craig.


Health First Colorado - Colorado’s Medicaid Program

Health First Colorado is health insurance for low income individuals. To qualify, families or individuals must:

  • Live in Colorado
  • Have incomes that fall within Health First Colorado requirements
  • Be U.S. citizens, legal permanent U.S. residents for at least five years (excluding women and children) or asylees, refugees or non-citizens with qualifying emergencies.

Most health services are free under Health First Colorado. There may be small co-pay (payment at time of visit) for some services. There are no co-pays for children 18 and younger or pregnant women. Pregnant women can get health care while they are waiting for approval. This is called Presumptive Eligibility. For more information, call 970-871-7330 in Steamboat Springs and 970-871-7324 in Craig.

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