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8EB57E51CEE4B8F287258479005BFAF2 Hearing Summary




PUBLIC
BILL SUMMARY For UPDATES FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH CARE POLICY AND FINANCING

INTERIM COMMITTEE  EARLY CHILDHOOD AND SCHOOL READINESS
Date Sep 18, 2019      
Location SCR 357



Updates from the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing - Committee Discussion Only


10:44:42 AM  
Senator Story invited Tom Massey, Deputy
Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and
Financing (HCPF), to begin his presentation, which can be found as Attachment
E.  Mr. Massey spoke about Health First Colorado, the new name for
the state's Medicaid program, as well as the mission and purpose of the
department.  He talked about enrollment in Health First Colorado,
which currently has 503,321 children enrolled, a decrease from prior years,
as well as the 79,255 children currently enrolled in Child Health Plan
Plus (CHP+).  He answered questions from the commission about outreach
and the statewide goals of the program, which are that children start school
ready to learn, supporting families at the earliest opportunity, and maintaining
necessary programs and services that work together to support healthy child
development and school readiness.  He spoke about the Aligning Early
Childhood and Medicaid (AECM) grant, as well as the importance of school-based
health centers, behavioral health integration, and increasing the school
counselor corps.