A team of highly qualified liaisons at Aurora Public Schools guides families through the Medicaid/CHP+ application process, serving as a link  between the District and Health First Colorado. The Medicaid office has a special designation as a Certified Presumptive Eligibility site, which allows us to immediately process emergency applications for temporary Medicaid coverage.  We also can support families with Food Stamp applications.

The Colorado Medicaid program, known as Health First Colorado, is public health insurance for Coloradans who qualify. Health First Colorado is funded jointly by a federal-state partnership and is administered by the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing.

To qualify for Health First Colorado, families or individuals must:

  • Be 65 years or younger;
  • Live in Colorado;
  • Meet Medicaid income limits;
  • Meet one of the following criteria: be a U.S. citizen; be a legal, permanent U.S. resident; be an asylee; be a refugee; or be a non-citizen with a qualifying emergency.

The following documentation will help with the application process:

  • The name, address and contact information of each person applying;
  • Social Security numbers of each member of your household seeking medical assistance (or document numbers for lawfully present individuals);
  • The birth dates of each person applying;
  • Employer information for each member of your household;
  • Income information for each member of your household (for example, wage and tax statements such as pay stubs or W2 forms);
  • Information about any other income you receive;
  • Information and policy numbers for health insurance plans currently covering members of your household; and
  • Citizenship and identity documentation.

For additional information or to schedule an appointment, contact:


Meet Elizabeth “Liz” Ocasio, the APS Health Resource Advocate.

Liz works tirelessly  with students and families who need guidance accessing health services in the community. Liz is an expert on the health resources within the City of Aurora and can connect students and families with agencies such as:

  • APS School Based Health Centers
  • Specialty Physician Offices 
  • Dental Clinics 
  • Vision Centers
  • Hospitals 
  • Mental Health Centers
  • Other Health Organizations  

Liz recognizes the challenges facing students and families who don’t have health insurance. She can connect APS families without insurance to resources such as:

  • Mental Health Care 
  • Prescription Medications 
  • Glasses
  • Hearing Aids
  • Other Items That Support Health and Wellbeing

Liz’s expertise extends beyond health to other vital needs including:

  • Food 
  • Clothing  
  • Housing  
  • Transportation

If you are unsure how to access important resources, Liz can provide the expert guidance and support you are looking for. You can contact her on her cell phone or via email.

Elizabeth “Liz” Ocasio