Health First Colorado COVID-19 At-Home Testing Frequently Asked Questions

Do Health First Colorado and Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) cover at-home tests?

Health First Colorado will pay for up to 15 tests per member each month when provided from a Health First Colorado-enrolled pharmacy

  • We know that tests often come in a package that includes 2 tests, so members can get up to 7 kits (14 tests) each month.

CHP+ will pay for up to eight tests per member each month when provided from a CHP+-enrolled pharmacy. Members should call the number on the back of their CHP+ card if they need help finding a CHP+ pharmacy.

How do I get a free at-home test?

Health First Colorado members  can get a test from a qualified Health First Colorado-enrolled pharmacy. CHP+ members should call the number on the back of their CHP+ card to find a pharmacy. There is no charge to you. The pharmacy will be reimbursed.

Who is a qualified pharmacy?

A qualified pharmacy is one that is enrolled with Health First Colorado to fill prescriptions and Durable Medical Equipment orders for Health First Colorado members. A list of those pharmacies is below.

How do/where can I find a qualified pharmacy?

Here is a list of Health First Colorado enrolled pharmacies. We encourage you to call ahead to make sure they have tests available. If you are a CHP+ member, please call the number on the back of your card to find a qualified pharmacy.

If my pharmacy has a delivery service, can I have tests delivered to my home?

Check with your pharmacy to see if they charge extra for delivery. Health First Colorado will cover the costs of the test, but may not pay the pharmacy for delivery.

How many at-home tests will I be allowed for me or my household?

Health First Colorado will pay for 15 tests for each enrolled member every month.

  • Due to limited supply, members should not expect they can pick up a full month’s supply of tests for their whole family in one visit
  • Pharmacies are allowed to set their own limits on how many tests they will provide at one time 

CHP+ will pay for eight tests for each enrolled month every month.

  • Call the number on the back of your CHP+ card if you need help finding a pharmacy.
  • Due to limited supply, members should not expect they can pick up a full month’s supply of tests for their whole family in one visit
  • Pharmacies are allowed to set their own limits on how many tests they will provide at one time 

Will Health First Colorado/CHP+ reimburse me for an at home test I have already purchased out of pocket?

No. Under federal rules, we can only issue payments to enrolled pharmacies who are qualified to supply members with an at-home test. 

When do you anticipate the supply of tests will be sufficient to meet the demand?  Will Medicaid and CHP+ members actually be able to use this benefit to access tests anytime soon?

The federal government recently ordered another 500 million tests and they are expected to arrive at pharmacies around the end of January or early February. 

Can Health First Colorado members also still order the at home test kits to be mailed to them from the State of Colorado?

Yes – all Coloradans can order one test kit per month from the Department of Public Health and Environment for free. Each kit contains two tests. Beginning January 19, 2022, all Americans can order four free tests from the federal government and there are no shipping costs.