The Colorado Medicaid Program is a public health program for low-income families, including eligible adults and children ages birth to 19 years. Eligibility
for any program is based on family size and household income. Children must be living in the home more than 50-percent of the time.
An application with wage and resource verification is required to determine eligibility. All Medicaid applicants must provide
original proof of citizenship and identity. If you do not qualify for Medicaid, we will process your application for CHP+.
Medicaid provides medical benefits including inpatient and outpatient hospital, physician services, well child checks, immunizations,
vision care including prescription glasses, prescription medications, dental care and mental health care. For eligible adults over age 21, dental and vision benefits may be limited. Medicaid services can be back-dated 90 days for Medicaid-eligible applicants. Please note:
- Adults may incur a co-pay for services.
- Medicaid recipients must obtain a primary doctor and see him or her for all medical needs that are not emergencies.
- Medicaid will not pay for emergency room service if the service could have been provided by your primary doctor.
Non-Citizen Emergency Coverage
Medicaid covers emergency-only medical treatment for non-U.S. citizens. Coverage is limited to the care and services necessary
to treat an immediate emergency medical condition. Eligibility for these benefits ends after the emergency service has been
An emergency medical condition exhibits acute severe symptoms that without immediate medical attention could result in:
- Placing the patient’s health in serious jeopardy;
- Serious impairment of bodily function; or
- Seriousdysfunction of any organ or body part.
To qualify for Family Medicaid benefits, you must meet these requirements:
- Be a U.S. citizen or a legal permanent resident;
- Be a resident of Colorado;
- Provide your Social Security number;
- Provide verification of earned income; and
- If pregnant, have proof of pregnancy
If you are determined ineligible for Medicaid, your application will be processed for the Child Health Plan Plus program (CHP+).
How Do I Apply For Benefits?
There are several options available to you for filing an application for financial, medical or food assistance in Colorado.
Please review these Helpful Tips Before You Begin.
1. Online: Visit www.colorado.gov/peak to learn if you might be eligible for benefits and to apply online. (PEAK is a secure web site run by the State of Colorado,
and is available in English and Spanish.)
2. In-Person: Visit one of our Arapahoe County Human Services offices to apply at a computer kiosk. County workers are available to assist you. If you are unable to visit a County office because
of a disability, you may have another person apply and be interviewed on your behalf. You must designate that individual as
your authorized representative in writing.
3. Paper: Print an application using these links and fax, mail or deliver it in-person to one of our Arapahoe County Human Services
offices. Adobe Reader is required to view and print these applications. English Application | Spanish Solicitud de Asistencia Publica
Please contact our Customer Service hotline at (303) 636-1170 if you have questions.
What to Bring When Applying:
Bring as many documents as possible (must present original documents):
- Proof of citizenship, such as:
- U.S Passport, birth certificate, citizenship record, or Affidavit
- Social Security card
- Proof of identification for each individual applying, such as:
- Colorado drivers license
- State ID or School ID
- Affidavit for children under 16 years of age
- Proof of Colorado residency,such as:
- Any photo identification with your address
- School records
- You may be requested to provide proof of your income.
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