Affordable Care Act Status Frequently Asked Questions
Will the Medicaid Expansion continue?
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the current law of the land at the federal level and in Colorado. Colorado has implemented, just as the majority of other states have done, an expansion in Medicaid coverage. At this time, there are no changes to eligibility requirements for Health First Colorado, including the Medicaid expansion population.
Any significant alteration of Medicaid expansion would require changes in federal and state law. Changes in state or federal law go through their respective processes with opportunities for feedback from the public. The Department of Health Care Policy & Financing will closely monitor any proposals at the federal and state level and will update these frequently asked questions accordingly.
What will happen if the ACA is repealed?
Any impacts of a repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would be dependent on details in actual legislation in its final form. There is a lot of speculation about potential changes, but currently, this legislation does not exist. Changes in federal law go through their respective processes – bill introduction, committee hearings, debate in the House and Senate and signature by the President. The Department will closely monitor any proposals at the federal level and will update these frequently asked questions when details and impacts are known.
I need health coverage. Can I still apply?
Yes! There are several ways you can apply:
- Online at Colorado.gov/PEAK – this is the fastest way to apply.
- In person at your local county office or an Application Assistance Site
- By phone at 1-800-221-3943 / State Relay: 711
- By mail
For more information on how to apply, see our Apply Now page.
I work at an application assistance site. What can I tell an applicant who is concerned they will no longer be able to enroll in Health First Colorado because of the election?
Please encourage them to apply. Health First Colorado is a well-established state and federal partnership that has been in place in Colorado for several decades. There are more than 1.3 million Coloradans enrolled in Health First Colorado. Any substantial changes to this program would require changes to state and federal requirements. At this point, there have not been any changes to Health First Colorado or Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) as a result of the election.
What’s happening with the Marketplace, Connect for Health Colorado?
The Department of Health Care Policy & Financing is continuing to work closely with its partners at Connect for Health Colorado. Thousands of people have already successfully signed up for a 2017 health insurance plan. Open enrollment to purchase private health insurance through Connect for Health Colorado continues until January 31, 2017. Enroll in a plan by December 15th for coverage beginning on January 1st. Visit the Connect for Health Colorado for more information.