County Relations Updates

Please see below for the latest Informational, Operational, and Policy Updates from the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing.
Informational Updates

HCPF Webinar 6/20: Learn more about Health First Colorado (Colorado's Medicaid Program)
Colorado Medicaid is changing its name! Health First Colorado (Colorado's Medicaid Program) will be the new name for Medicaid in Colorado, effective June 13, 2016.
Join this exclusive webinar for our eligibility partners to assist you in making this change in your written and verbal communications.
Monday, June 20, 12 - 1 pm MT

Register by clicking here or copying and pasting this link in your browser:

Why attend? We will provide suggested verbal and written statements introducing the name and describing the change, as well as direct you to resources to help educate the public about the change.

Who should participate: All eligibility staff and supervisors who work with individuals applying for Medical Assistance.

The presentation materials will be available for download on the LMS following the webinar.
*If you do not have a COLearn account, please visit for more information and to set up your account.

Operational Updates

County Incentives Program - ACTION REQUIRED
Contract amendments for the FY 2016-17 County Incentives Program were due to the Department by June 15, 2016.  If you have not yet submitted your county's contract amendment, please do so as soon as possible.  If an extension is needed, please contact the County Relations team.

Please note that if an extension is needed beyond June 30, 2016, a Hold Over Letter will be required.  This allows for the contractual requirements to continue to be in effect until the contract amendment is signed.

County Grant Program - ACTION REQUIRED
The Department is seeking three county representatives (one small, one medium and one large county representative) to review county grant applications on Friday, June 24, 2016 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm at the Department, 303 E. 17th, Denver, CO 80203. 

This is an opportunity for counties to provide peer-to-peer feedback to county grant applicants through a scoring process that will be factored into overall grant scores and grant funding decisions made by the Department. 

This is a one time commitment.  All participating county representatives will be provided mileage reimbursement.  If county representatives are traveling more than 50 miles, one way, they will also be provide lodging and per diem.  All travel reimbursements will be based on federal rates.

Please contact if you and/or your staff are interested in reviewing county grant applications or if you need additional information.

Policy Updates

Community Corrections Policy Statement
The Department has released guidance in response to State Health Official (SHO #16-007) Letter released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on April 28, 2016.  The Policy Statement is available by   clicking here.  In addition, guidance for CBMS users was released via CBMS Communication 715 on June 2, 2016.
Please feel free to contact the County Relations team with any questions or comments.


Crestina Martinez and Joshua Montoya
County Relations Team
External Relations Division
P 303.563.9109 (Crestina) 303.866.2403(Joshua)   I   F 303.866.4411
State Relay: 711 I  1570 Grant Street, Denver, CO  80203
About the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing: The Department administers the Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus programs as well as a variety of other programs for low-income Coloradans who qualify. For more information about the department, please visit
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