Health funding in Colorado’s pending FY 2021-2022 budget
The $34.1 billion Colorado state budget — or “Long Bill” — for FY 2021-2022 currently awaits a signature from Gov. Jared Polis after passing both chambers of the Legislature last week. As Colorado waits to see if Polis will make changes or sign the bill in its current state, here is a breakdown of the budget’s funding for key health services in the state.
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Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF)
The proposed HCPF funding comes to a total of $13.2 billion, the majority of which goes to paying premiums for medical services for Medicaid recipients. Of this $13.2 billion, $2.6 billion will come from the state’s general fund.
Medical Services Premiums: $9,988,606,597
Behavioral health community programs: $998,723,955
Office of community living: $834,240,034
Indigent care programs: $470,254,756
Executive director’s office: $442,092,201
Other medical services: $387,675,808
Department of Human Services (DHS)
The budget allocates a total of $2.4 billion to DHS. Significant funding areas include county administration, the Office of Behavioral Health (including $9 million for the newly created Behavioral Health Administration) and the Office of Self Sufficiency. $1 billion of the $2.4 billion will come from the state’s general fund.
County administration: $575,251,500
Office of Behavioral Health: $405,740,502
Office of Self Sufficiency: $315,210,315
Office of Early Childhood: $281,149,807
Adult assistance programs: $190,184,421
Executive director’s office: $151,015,706
Services for people with disabilities: $137,741,514
Division of Youth Services: $133,520,599
Office of Information Technology Services: $85,387,384
Office of Operations: $53,265,638
Department of Public Health and the Environment (CDPHE)
The budget allocates a total of $625 million to CDPHE, most notably ample funding for prevention services, controlling disease and department administration. Over half of this funding comes from federal money. $64.4 million will come from the state’s general fund.
Prevention Services Division: $246,822,803
Disease Control and Public Health Response: $99,950,993
Administration and support: $72,557,199
Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division: $43,039,754
Health facilities and Emergency Medical Services Division: $34,180,948
Office of HIV, viral hepatitis and STIs: $33,456,773
Air pollution and control division: $28,008,184
Water Quality and Control Division: $27,665,011
Division of Environmental Health and Sustainability: $13,398,180
Center for Health and Environmental Information: $11,202,383