In May 2023, the Colorado Legislature approved Senate Bill 23-002, marking a significant step towards incorporating Community Health Worker (CHW) services into the Health First Colorado program, the state’s Medicaid initiative. The anticipated commencement date for this new benefit is July 1, 2025.

To secure federal authorization from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) by July 1, 2024, the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) will actively engage in stakeholder consultations. These sessions aim to gather valuable insights on meeting federal requirements for the inclusion of CHW services. Learn more

Here’s a timeline of key events:

Stakeholder Webinar #1: Jan. 9 at 10 a.m.
Stakeholder Webinar #2: Jan. 23 at 10 a.m.
Draft proposal for federal authorization
Stakeholder Webinar #3: Feb. 13 at 10 a.m.
Stakeholder Webinar #4: Feb. 27 at 10 a.m.
Submission deadline to CMS: July 1, 2024
CMS approval, system updates, provider communications: 2024-2025
Benefit Go-Live: July 1, 2025

For those interested in participating in these crucial discussions, registration for the stakeholder meetings can be completed by clicking here