Health First Colorado and Medical Assistance

Health First Colorado


Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program) is the new name for Medicaid in Colorado, effective June 27, 2016. No changes to member eligibility, coverage, benefits or choice of providers are associated with the name change. For more information on Health First Colorado, please visit

Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Adams County Human Services 303.227.2348

Colorado Access 1.800.511.5010

Provides Medicaid sponsored services for elderly, physically handicapped, or blind adults who can be appropriately cared for in their own home, rather than a nursing home. Colorado Access is the Single Entry Point (SEP) designated agency for Adams County. Colorado Access determines the functional eligibility for participation in HCBS, while Human Services Department determines financial eligibility. Income and resource guidelines must be met.

Medical Assistance Estate Recovery Program (MAER)


This program is managed by the Colorado State Department of Human Services and recovers from the estate of deceased Medicaid recipients age 65 or over, the costs of services paid for by Medicaid for nursing home residents and recipients. There are certain exemption provisions.

Nursing Home


Provides Medicaid to individuals institutionalized (for 30 days for more) in Medicaid certified hospitals, nursing homes, and/or in rehabilitation facilities. Income and resource guidelines must be met.

Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB)

Qualified Individuals (QI)

Special Low Income Medicare Beneficiary Program (SLMB)


These programs pay for all or part of the Medicare (Part B) premiums for Medicare recipients with limited income and resources. Income and resource guidelines must be met.

Spousal Impoverishment Protection Program (SIP)


Provides protection to a community spouse (spouse of Nursing Home resident or Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)) participant to prevent impoverishment of the community spouse. A resource assessment establishes the couple's countable assets as belonging to the spouse who remains at home.