Students Eligible For State Health Care

By: Josh Earl Email
By: Josh Earl Email

Health care for kids may seem like an impossible feat for some families, but it might not be. Colorado offers Medicaid for low-income families and another program called Children’s Basic Health Plan for those that make too much to qualify for Medicaid.

Pueblo City Schools have been selected to be one of three districts in the state of Colorado to participate in the School-Based Medical Assistance Site Pilot Project.

The district was awarded $75,000.00 from the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing to identify and enroll children in Children’s Basic Health Plan (CHP+) and Medicaid programs.

Their objective is to provide outreach to Pueblo City Schools’ families to inform parents about eligibility requirements for CHP+ and Medicaid and preventive health care in order in increase the enrollment for eligible children in our community.

House Bill 06-1270 was signed into law June 2, 2006. This legislation established a demonstration project to authorize qualified personnel to make determinations of student’s eligibility for Medicaid and Children’s Basic Health Plan (CHP+) at designated public school sites.

The purpose of the legislation is to make it easier for parents to enroll their children in these programs and to increase the number of insured children in Colorado. The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing offered a grant application to all Colorado schools to apply to become a School-Based Medical Assistance Demonstration Site.

Pueblo City Schools will team up with StepUp of Pueblo to work on the pilot program. It will be a one-year program that if successful could be expanded to the rest of the state.

To find out if you qualify for either program contact Pueblo District 60 or call Pueblo StepUp at 719-560-5886.

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