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Community Column: When Should I Apply for Medicaid or Child Health Plan Plus?

Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing LogoNOTE: This is the second in a series of Community Columns by expert staff who are implementing health law changes in Colorado.

January 7, 2014

By Antoinette Taranto, Client Services, Eligibility and Enrollment Office Director, Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing. Antoinette has more than 17 years of health policy and administration experience. Her team spearheads the changes to Colorado Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) eligibility rules and systems to comply with state and federal health laws.

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What To Ask When Shopping For Health Insurance

Review all materials about your health coverage and ask questions if anything is unclear.

Know which insurance company is providing your health insurance, not just the marketing name that may have been used in advertising.
Check that the company is licensed and registered as an insurance company in Colorado using the Division of Insurance’s website.

What is the premium you will pay for coverage? How often do you have to pay?
The premium is the amount you pay for health insurance to the health insurance carrier. Although it is often a monthly premium, there may be other payment options, such as paying for several months or a year’s coverage in advance. Read more →