Medical Assistance

Health First Colorado (Medicaid)

Health First Colorado (Medicaid) is public health insurance for Colorado residents who qualify based on family size and income. Individuals, families, children, pregnant women, and persons who are blind, disabled or elderly may qualify. Individuals who receive Medicare may also qualify for Health First Colorado (Medicaid) to assist with Medicare premiums.

Colorado Health Plan Plus (CHP+)

CHP+ is a low-cost health insurance program for Colorado children under the age of 19 and pregnant women whose families income is over the limit for Health First Colorado (Medicaid) but less than 260% of the federal poverty level. Your family size, income and age of the applicant will be used to determine your eligibility for Health First Colorado (Medicaid) or CHP+.

For more information about the benefits of Health First Colorado (Medicaid) and CHP+ visit: Colorado.Gov

If I know I am not eligible for Health First Colorado (Medicaid)/CHP+ why must I apply for these programs to obtain tax credits through Connect for Health Colorado?
If you want to receive tax credits toward the cost of health insurance through Connect for Health Colorado you must first be denied for Health First Colorado (Medicaid)/CHP+ eligibility. If you are found eligible for Health First Colorado (Medicaid)/CHP+ you will not be eligible for tax credits through Connect for Health Colorado.
Contact the Family and Intercultural Resource Center with questions at 970-262-3888. Map to Obtaining Health Coverage in Summit County


Check if you may be eligible by using the PEAK (Program Eligibility Application Kit) tool located at: PEAK

You can apply online.

English and Spanish Applications are also available at Summit County Human Services. We are located in the Medical Office Building, 360 Peak One Drive, Suite 230, Frisco, Colorado.

The following documents may expedite the processing of your application:
  • Proof of Citizenship (Birth Certificate, Passport, Permanent Resident Card, Certificate of Naturalization, etc.)
  • Social Security numbers for all household members
  • For individuals who are self employed: proof of income such as tax returns or profit/loss statements
  • Verification of income from other sources (rental income, VA, pension, unemployment, etc.)
  • For undocumented individuals proof of earned inccome
Application-Processing Timeline
Health First Colorado (Medicaid) applications will be processed within 45 days from the date our office receives your completed application and all required documents.

Obtaining Temporary Coverage During Processing
Summit County Public Heath can perform a presumptive eligibility screen for pregnant women to issue temporary Health First Colroado (Medicaid) coverage (to those who qualify) while your application is being processed with the Summit County Division of Human Services. The temporary coverage begins immediately after the screen and continues for 45 days. Call Public Health to make an appointment (970-668-9161).

For more information, visit: COLORADO.GOV