Medicaid Buy-In for Children with Disabilities

On July 1, 2012, Colorado rolled out a new Medicaid program for children with disabilities, created by The Colorado Health Care Affordability Act. Now families who make too much to qualify for Medicaid or Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) can ‘buy in’ to Medicaid coverage for their child with a disability by paying a monthly premium based on their family’s income.

Colleen Roahrig, Family Voices Colorado Western Slope Coordinator, talks about the Medicaid Children's Buy-In

Colleen Roahrig, Western Slope Coordinator for Family Voices Colorado, talks about the Medicaid Children’s Buy-In on KREX TV, Grand Junction.

Learn how the Medicaid Buy-In for Children with Disabilities is making a difference for the Howards, who live in Grand Junction, in this story that aired on KREX TV. Or read about the Hogarth family, who live in Aurora, and how the Buy-In saved them from crippling out-of-pocket costs. [Update 12/17/12: Susan Hogarth and Family Voices staff member Suzette Elledge were interviewed by reporter Michael Booth in this Denver Post article.]

To find out whether your child may qualify, or for help with the application process, please call us today at 800-881-8272 or 303-733-3000, or email info@familyvoicesco.org.

What is the Children’s Medicaid Buy-In?

The Medicaid Buy-In Program for Children with Disabilities (Children’s Buy-In) is a program that allows eligible families to pay a monthly premium (no more than $120/month per family, even if multiple children qualify) to ‘buy in’ to Medicaid benefits.

Baby Hagen Howard, with his mom Beth

Hagen Howard of Grand Junction is one of the children with disabilities to benefit from the new Medicaid Buy-In Program (photo from KREX TV story)

Who is eligible for the Children’s Buy-In?

Families with a child or children under age 19 with a qualifying disability (based on Social Security criteria) and whose household income is no greater than 300% of Federal Poverty Level after a 33% income disregard is applied. For example, a family of 4 may qualify with a gross monthly income of up to $8,600.

The Children’s Buy-In may be an option for:

Families of children with disabilities who are over income or resources for other Medicaid programs or CHP+; children on a waitlist for a children’s waiver (other than the C-HCBS waiver; contact us to learn more about this); children who do not qualify for waiver services; children who do not have health insurance or who need coverage as a wrap-around to other insurance.

Learn More:

Read the full overview and Frequently Asked Questions from the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF).

Visit HCPF’s page about the Children’s Buy-In for all the details.

Call or email us to learn more or make an appointment for application assistance:

Local: 303-733-3000
Toll-free: 800-881-8272
Email: info@familyvoicesco.org

To support Family Voices Colorado in our work of helping families of children with disabilities and other special health care needs access affordable, quality health care, please consider making a tax-deductible donation today.

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