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Health Benefits For Colorado Children And Pregnant Persons

Concerning improving access to health benefits for economically insecure Colorado families by enhancing public health programs, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
2022 Regular Session
Health Care & Health Insurance
Bill Summary

The bill makes the following changes to health insurance coverage for low-income pregnant people and children in low-income families:

  • Provides full health insurance coverage for Colorado pregnant people who would be eligible for medicaid and the children's basic health plan (CHIP) if not for their immigration status and continues that coverage for 12 months postpartum at the CHIP federal matching rate;
  • Provides comprehensive health insurance coverage to all Colorado children who would be eligible for medicaid and CHIP if not for their immigration status;
  • Requires the state department of health care policy and financing (department) to create an outreach and enrollment strategy for enrolling eligible groups into new coverage options;
  • Requires the department to report to the joint budget committee in its 2024 presentation, as well as in its "State Measurement for Accountable, Responsive, and Transparent (SMART) Government Act" reports, beginning in January 2026, information concerning the state-funded health and medical care program, the state children's basic health plan, and its plans and progress in implementing the coverage expansion for lawfully residing persons;
  • Allows the state controller to allow the department to make an expenditure in excess of the amount authorized if the amount is for the state medical assistance program or the state children's basic health plan;
  • Makes comprehensive lactation supports and supplies, including breast pumps, a covered benefit for perinatal people on medicaid and CHIP; support services, lactation supplies and equipment, and maintenance of multi-use loaned equipment. Lactation equipment must include a single-user double electric breast pump, pump parts, and pump collection kit, and must be available prior to delivery.
  • Draws down federal funds to improve perinatal and postpartum support and requires that priorities for the funds be determined through a stakeholder process;
  • Permanently authorizes an existing survey of birthing parents, run by the state department of public health and environment and increases the ability of the survey to collect and report on the experiences of birthing people of color in Colorado;
  • Creates a special enrollment period for health insurance coverage due to pregnancy so that an eligible person can sign up for insurance as soon as the person becomes pregnant; and
  • Improves the quality of health insurance coverage available through the health insurance affordability enterprise.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


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