Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) is low-cost public health insurance for children and pregnant women who earn too much to qualify for Health First Colorado (Medicaid), but not enough to pay for private health insurance. CHP+ is paid for by a combination of state and federal funding. For CHP+ to continue in Colorado, Congress must pass a law to renew federal funding for the program.
Congress is considering two bills that could extend the program for another 5 years; but to date, neither has passed. Congress can act at any time to renew the federal funding for the program, but there is no guarantee. If Congress does not renew federal funding, CHP+ in Colorado will end on January 31, 2018. As of today, there are no changes to CHP+ benefits; members should continue to use benefits.
CHP+ members will be sent letters the week of Nov. 27, 2017 to help them understand what is happening with the CHP+ program, to continue to use their CHP+ benefits, where to find informational resources, and encourage them to begin researching health plans offered through Connect for Health Colorado.
Members will receive a CHP+ coverage termination notice at the end of December 2017, if Congress does not act.
More information and Frequently Asked Questions are available at https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/hcpf/child-health-plan-plus-chp-member-and-applicant-resources.
A recorded informational webinar can be viewed at https://cohcpf.adobeconnect.com/po3fi3vnohte/?proto=true.