The act requires the department of health care policy and financing (state department) to study the feasibility of extending continuous medical coverage for additional children and adults.
The state department is required to submit a report detailing its findings and recommendations from the feasibility study to the joint budget committee of the senate and house of representatives, the governor, and to the house of representatives public and behavioral health and human services committee and the senate health and human services committee, or any successor committees, by January 1, 2026, and also make the report publicly available.
No later than April 1, 2024, the state department must seek federal authorization to extend continuous eligibility coverage for children under 3 years of age, including children who would be eligible for medical assistance coverage but are not because of their immigration status, and to extend eligibility coverage for 12 months for adults who have been released from a Colorado department of corrections facility, regardless of any change in income during that time.
Upon approval of the federal authorization, the state department shall implement continuous eligibility coverage by January 1, 2026.
The act appropriates $337,765 from the general fund to the state department for use by the executive director's office (office). From this appropriation the office may use $192,915 for personal services, $20,050 for operating expenses, and $124,800 for general professional services and special projects. The act anticipates that the state department will receive $337,765 in federal funds to implement this act.
APPROVED by Governor June 1, 2023
EFFECTIVE June 1, 2023
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)