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Colorado’s Medicaid program adds 400,000 members in FY 2021-22

| Aug 4, 2022 | Colorado

Colorado’s Medicaid membership grew by 32% in the past year, according to the state’s Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF).     During its annual stakeholder meeting on July 19th, HCPF reported that membership in Health First Colorado, the state’s Medicaid program, grew by more than 400,000 to...[ Read More ]

HCPF: 1 in 4 Medicaid beneficiaries rely on emergency department for care at least once a year

| Jul 29, 2022 | Colorado

The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) recently released emergency department (ED) utilization data for the state’s Medicaid program and found that each year, approximately 25% of Health First Colorado members visit the emergency room at least once for care. Some 4% of members visited the ED...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Gretchen Flanders McGinnis, Senior Vice President of Healthcare Systems and Accountable Care at Colorado Access

| May 24, 2022 | Colorado

McGinnis joined Colorado Access in March 2000 and has played an integral part in the growth of the company since that time. She has more than 17 years of health care experience, and brings a unique understanding of health care systems and public policy.  McGinnis received a Bachelor of Science...[ Read More ]

Following OSA audit, HCPF says it's "on a better path" for NEMT services

| Oct 5, 2021 | Colorado

The Colorado Office of the State Auditor (OSA) recently released a performance audit it conducted for the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF)’s non-emergent medical transportation services (NEMT), which revealed 32 acts of potential mistreatment against NEMT recipients, such as reckless driving. The principal concern highlighted by OSA...[ Read More ]

Pregnant Black Coloradans have among lowest rates of prenatal care visits, highest rates of preterm births

| Sep 22, 2021 | Colorado

Pregnant Black Coloradans covered by Medicaid have among the lowest rates of prenatal care visits in the state, according to the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF)’s September maternity report. These low prenatal care rates, the report indicates, are contributors to the demographic’s leading rate of preterm...[ Read More ]

Extended SUD benefit coverage a "game-changer" for Colorado, says Sen. Brittany Pettersen

| Jan 8, 2021 | Colorado

Senator Brittany Pettersen sponsored the 2018 bill that led to the recent extension of Medicaid coverage for in-patient and residential substance use disorder (SUD) services -- one of the most important bills she has ever worked on, she said. She was driven to bring forward the legislation because her mother,...[ Read More ]