Medicaid is a joint program of the state and federal government. It provides health insurance to low income families. Eligibility is determined strictly on income and resources. Disabilities and medical needs are not considered. A limited number of children receive Medicaid through waiver programs which determine eligibility based on a disability regardless of income. County Departments of Human Services determine eligibility. Applicants must be Colorado residents and United States citizens or be registered aliens with an INS card for at least 5 years.
Medicaid is automatic for people who have Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or participate in the Colorado Works Program (TANF).
Medicaid is a comprehensive insurance program. Preventative, in-patient and out-patient services are included.