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Colorado medical care for uninsured.

Families who are uninsured in Colorado can look into several different programs that can help them meet their health care needs. Whether you have lost your insurance because of unemployment, or maybe you just can’t afford the coverage, the state may still be able to assist. Several resources can help the low income and others who need support.

Children, senior citizens, the disabled, and pregnant women are some of the primary beneficiaries. However anyone who is struggling and who does not have full health insurance coverage can look into any of these free or low cost options, all of which may available to them.

The state of Colorado also works closely with the federal government and regional non-profit organizations. This is done to ensure that the largest amount of funding is provided to those who need the most help and that it is done in the most effective manner possible. So patients may be directed to such solutions as Medicaid, the Department of Health pre-existing condition program, or other resources.

Treatment for Breast and Cervical Cancer is offered and is widely known as BCCP. Screenings, testing, and overall treatment is available for low income uninsured women who have been diagnosed with cervical or breast cancer. It is offered across Colorado at various Women's Wellness Connection sites to women who meet guidelines. The government will provide for full Medicaid services including hospitals and doctor bills. 800-221-3943

The federal government offers low cost medical care to low to moderate income children, and this is offered in Colorado as part of the Colorado Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+). It also covers uninsured pregnant women. In general this is low-cost public health insurance for uninsured children and soon to be moms in Colorado. It can even assist those who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but cannot afford private health insurance on their own. Participants can receive immunizations, check-ups, prescription medications, hospital services, eyeglasses, dental services, and hearing aids. Main number: 800-359-1991.




Medicaid in Colorado will offer free or low cost health care services to eligible working poor and/or low-income residents. Pregnant women also usually benefit. The government will provide for comprehensive medical care. It will ensure people have access to hospitals, physicians, lab and x-ray services, medications and more. There is no cost for those who meet income guidelines as set by Colorado and the federal government. 800-221-3943

CoverColorado can assist those in a so called high risk pool. It will provide for health insurance for individuals and/or families with preexisting medical conditions who can’t find adequate health insurance care coverage from any private plans. Sign up for services such as preventive care or free prescriptions. Dial 888-770-1120.

Another similar option is known as GettingUSCovered. This will also help address pre-existing conditions. Participants may need to pay some premiums, deductibles and out of pocket expenses. 877-397-1109

The Colorado ADAP is a Drug Assistance Program for people with HIV and/or AIDs. It will provide them with free medications. Services are offered on an outpatient basis to eligible patients. It is administered in partnership with the Department of Public Health and Environment, Behavioral Health Division. Call 303-692-2700.

Many people who enroll in the program mentioned above also sign up for the Health Insurance Assistance Program, or HIAP. The state will help patients find and/or maintain health insurance benefits. Qualifications include the insurance coverage needs to provide adequate pharmaceutical coverage and also be cost-neutral. The state will also help ensure access to non-profit and low cost medical treatment for its participants. 303-692-2716

PACE, or the Program of All-Inclusive Care for Elderly, is government administered health care and support services to frail persons 55 years or older who lack proper care. It will in effect help them to continue to live in their communities and current home. Receive podiatry, primary and specialty care, dentistry, optometry, prescription medications, physical & other therapies, medical equipment and supplies etc. It is a Medicare/Medicaid type program. Call 800-221-3943.

State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIP) can provide information, referrals, and help answer Medicare questions. Education, guidance and assistance is offered to senior citizens and other individuals who are found to be eligible for Medicare. Senior citizens can receive free counseling on decisions to be made when they are first eligible for Medicare. Get answers to your questions on components of the program such as Medicare A, B, C, D, Medigap, and Medicare Advantage plans. 888-696-7213

Colorado Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program (TEDP) can distribute telecommunications equipment, supplies and accessories for hard of hearing and qualified deaf citizens. Proof and certification is required. Receive amplified telephones, CapTels, speaker phones, TTY's, and other specialized equipment. 303-866-2097

Free/low cost vaccines are offered from VFC. Physicians/health clinics will administer the shots and medications to uninsured children, and the vaccines can address flu, mumps pertussis, and other conditions. 303-692-2650

Breast and cervical cancer screenings is also offered as part of Women's Wellness Connection. Women age 40 to 64 can look into these resources. 866-951-9355.




By Jon McNamara

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