Emergency Medicaid is short term coverage for immigrants without legal permanent residency or Naturalization status. Emergency Health First Colorado only covers life and limb-threatening situations and does not cover doctor appointments or routine care.
If you have additional questions, please call the Douglas County Department of Human Services at (303) 688-4825.
You can apply for Health First Colorado at the hospital when you receive emergency treatment, after being discharged, or after care received in the past three months.
If you’re pregnant and seeking coverage for future labor and delivery services, you can apply ahead of time for coverage. You can apply before you go into labor, during or after labor and delivery. You can also apply while at the hospital or after being discharged. Assisters at the hospital can help you.
While all applicants for Health First Colorado or Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) will be asked to provide a social security number, you do not need a social security number to receive emergency services under Emergency Medicaid.
You will need to apply each time you receive emergency care. An application is valid for the full month in which the emergency medical condition occurred.
UPDATE: You do not need to submit a written physician statement about your emergency medical condition. This previous requirement was removed. The physician will provide this information.
There are several ways to apply.
To be eligible for Emergency Medicaid, applicants must meet the same eligibility requirements as all other Health First Colorado applicants, except for immigration or citizenship requirements. Applicants also must have a qualifying life- or limb- threatening medical emergency covered by Emergency Medicaid. Health First Colorado recognizes that all situations are unique, so please apply to see if you are eligible.
People who may qualify for Emergency Medicaid include, but are not limited to:
We encourage all uninsured people to apply for Health First Colorado to see if they qualify, even if they are unsure of their immigration status.
Confidentiality Notice: Information you provide on your application is confidential and cannot be shared with any Federal agency including U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Emergency services include transportation, emergency room services. Laboratory, X-ray and other medical tests may be provided during emergency room visits when ordered by a doctor.
Emergency Medicaid covers medical emergencies that:
Examples include but are not limited to:
Emergency Medicaid does not cover:
For additional information, please visit the Emergency Medicaid website or call the Customer Contact Center at 1-800-221-3943.
Each application for emergency medical services is limited to coverage for the life- or limb-threatening medical emergency. If a new medical emergency arises, you will need to submit a new application.