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