CHIP Update

On December 21, 2017, the Joint Budget Committee approved Governor John Hickenlooper’s request for one-time, short-term funding to extend funding of CHP+ at least until February 28, 2018. Additionally, on December 21, 2017, Congress passed a Continuing Resolution that may impact the CHP+ program in Colorado. The Department is analyzing the impact of these state and federal actions. Once the Department’s analysis is complete, the resources and information on CO.gov/HCPF/FutureCHP will be updated to reflect the most current information.

As of today, if Congress does not act, the CHP+ program in Colorado will end no sooner than February 28, 2018. An exact end date for CHP+ is not known at this time because of the potential for legislative action.

If Congress does not act to renew federal funding, what will be the end of CHP+ in Colorado?

As of today, if Congress does not act, the CHP+ program will end no sooner than February 28, 2018. The Department is currently analyzing how the December 21, 2017, federal Continuing Resolution passed by Congress may impact the CHP+ program in Colorado.

Can people still apply for CHP+?

Yes, new applications for CHP+ will continue to be accepted.

Will there be any changes to CHP+ benefits or eligibility in February?

No, there will be no changes to CHP+ benefits or eligibility in February 2018. CHP+ members should continue going to the doctor, and CHP+ kids should continue going to the dentist.

Will CHP+ redetermination packets stop going out?

No, redetermination letters will continue to be mailed and processed.

Do CHP+ members still need to pay the enrollment fee?

Yes, CHP+ members who owe an enrollment fee, need to continue to pay the fee by the deadline listed in their letter.

Stay Informed

Please send your questions to HCPF_CHPPlusFuture@state.co.us.

 

HighPointe Offers Free Educational Presentations

HighPointe Services is offering two free financial education presentations for families and guardians who have a family member with disabilities.

Presentation Topic:

Three disciplines impact your family’s quest to protect your assets and children:
Disability Benefits, Financial Planning and Legal considerations

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

HighPointe Services 7323 S. Alton Way Unit A Centennial, CO 80112

Doors open at 5:30pm, Presentation at 6:00pm
~Refreshments provided~

*RSVP by Tuesday, January 16th to betty@lehmandp.com 303.898.7656*
Childcare provided only by reservation: contact Michelle, 303.221.3222
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Three disciplines impact your family’s quest to protect your assets and children:
Disability Benefits, Financial Planning and Legal considerations

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

       HighPointe Services 1544 Oakridge Drive Fort Collins, CO 80525

Doors open at 5:30pm, Presentation at 6:00pm
~Refreshments provided~

*RSVP by Monday, January 29th to betty@lehmandp.com 303.898.7656*
Childcare provided only by reservation: contact Christina, 970.377.9949

 

Melissa J. Edelman, CLU, ChSNC Melissa has served over twenty-five years in the financial services industry. She works extensively with special needs families to plan the entire family’s financial future with an eye to the lifetime of the special needs child. She is a parent of two adopted children, one with high functioning special needs.

Betty Lehman, Disability Advisor Betty has nearly thirty years as an advocate for special needs individuals and their families. While raising her own son with disabilities, she spearheaded fourteen state statutes, creating millions of dollars in funding for benefits for those with disabilities and their families.

Melissa Edelman is a registered representative of and offers securities, investment advisory and financial planning services through MML Investors Services, LLC. member SIPC. 4600 S. Ulster St. Suite 1200, Denver, CO 80237. 303-300-4341. CRN201407-1620001

Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+): Latest Resources

As you may be aware, if Congress does not renew federal funding, CHP+ in Colorado will end on January 31, 2018. Congress can pass a law at any time to renew federal funding for CHP+, but there is no guarantee that they will.

As of today, there are no changes to CHP+ benefits, eligibility or enrollment.

The Department has developed resources to help you answer questions from CHP+ applicants and members. We encourage you to bookmark CO.gov/HCPF/FutureCHP and subscribe to our Future of CHP+ updates here.

New FAQs Available Online Now

The Department has published new frequently asked questions (FAQs) on CO.gov/HCPF/FutureCHP.

Member Communications

In late November, CHP+ members received an informational notice. The sample correspondence is available on CO.gov/HCPF/child-health-plan-plus-chp-member-letters.

If Congress does not act by mid-December 2017, CHP+ members will receive an Eligibility Notice of Action in late December. A sample of this letter will be available soon.

Resources

November 20 Future of CHP+ Recorded Webinar: The Department has made available a recorded webinar on CO.gov/HCPF/FutureCHP facilitated by Gretchen Hammer, Medicaid Director. The webinar provides members, providers, stakeholders, advocates, eligibility partners and counties information about the future of CHP+. The information in this recording is current as of November 20, 2017.

CHP+ Member Messaging: The Department has developed CHP+ member messaging that is available on CO.gov/HCPF/FutureCHP. These resources include talking points, phone hold messaging, social media posts, newsletter content, FAQs, etc.

 

Making Colorado a better place for children and youth with special health care needs