Colorado Springs Medicaid Qs & As

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Medicaid Colorado Springs

A person hugging two childrenSince the enactment of the Colorado Health Care Affordability Act, you have probably been hearing a lot about the expansion of Medicaid in Colorado Springs. For those of you who think Medicaid may be right for you or your family, but still have some questions, we have assembled some information to guide you in your decision making process.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the difference between Medicaid and Medicare?

  • Medicaid is primarily for low income Colorado Springs families and is managed by both our state and federal governments. By contrast, Medicare is a federally-funded program, and is in place to support the health care of our senior citizens.

Do I qualify for Medicaid?

  • Colorado has expanded its Medicaid program to cover households with incomes up to 138% of the federal poverty level. That works out to $16,105 a year for one person or $32,913 for a family of four. You can find out whether you qualify for Medicaid in Colorado two ways: Contact the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing,  or fill out an application for coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace.

How long does the Medicaid application process take in Colorado Springs?

  • There are several ways to apply for Medicaid in Colorado Springs. The most efficient of the options is the online application provided by PEAK. Applying online should take approximately 30 minutes. If you do not wish to apply for Medicaid online, you may also submit via phone or in person. (These methods take longer, varying in time from one hour to several hours.)