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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Helping Larimer County residents enroll in public health insurance


New program helps Larimer County residents enroll in public health insurance

The Health District of Northern Larimer County has launched a new program aimed at helping more Larimer County residents obtain healthcare coverage through Medicaid, which serves adults and children, and Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+), which serves qualifying children and pregnant women.

Health District staff will educate local families about public health insurance options and assist them in enrolling, or re-enrolling, in an appropriate program. The service is designed to make it easier for eligible families in Larimer County to get health coverage and includes home visits, if needed, to help people complete enrollment paperwork.

The CHP+/Medicaid Outreach Project is funded by a $66,000 grant from the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing and is part of the state’s Maximizing Outreach, Retention and Enrollment (MORE) project. The Health District was one of 13 community organizations statewide to receive funding. This new outreach and enrollment service is a partnership between the Health District and the Larimer County Department of Human Services.

From 2001 to 2006, the Health District operated a similar program that successfully enrolled nearly 5,000 county children in CHP+ and/or Medicaid.

CHP+ is low-cost health and dental insurance for Colorado children and pregnant women. CHP+ is for families that make too much money to be eligible for Medicaid but not enough to afford private insurance.

Medicaid is public health insurance for low-income families, children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with disabilities. Eligibility is based on income and family size.

Families needing information or assistance can contact the CHP+/Medicaid Outreach Project at (970) 472-0444.

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