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CKF Monthly Coalition Update

What's Inside

CKF News
Policy Updates
Outreach & Enrollment
Upcoming Calls, Trainings & Events
Funding Opportunity 
What We're Reading 

This and previous updates are available on the CKF website, here.

Past Meeting

Click here to listen to a recording of the meeting, and here to review the meeting notes

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be June 15, 2018 from 9:00 to 10:30 at 600 Grant Street, Suite 800, Denver CO 80203.

CKF News

Reminder: CKF Meeting Time Changed to Third Fridays
The CKF Coalition meetings are now held on the third Friday of every month from 9:00a.m.-10:30a.m. 

Quarterly Health First Colorado and CHP+ Enrollment Analysis
CKF reviews adult’s and children’s enrollment in Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program) and Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) on a quarterly basis. CKF’s new Quarterly Health First Colorado and CHP+ Enrollment Analysis highlights enrollment trends observed in the first quarter of 2018. The analysis found that the Health First Colorado children’s caseload decreased by two percent, while the CHP+ caseload increased by 10 percent. Click here to review the analysis.

Policy Updates

DOI Timeline for 2019 Health Insurance Plans
The Colorado Division of Insurance (DOI) has finalized the timeline for health insurance companies to file their plans and premiums for the individual and small group markets for the 2019 plan year. The timeline includes deadlines for health insurance companies, as well as dates when the DOI will make information about approved plans and premiums available to the public. To view the timeline, click here.
Proposed Rescission Package Includes Cuts to CHIP
The Trump administration has proposed federal budget cuts that would take back 15 billion dollars of previously approved funding for federal programs. The proposal, referred to as a rescission package, includes a seven billion dollar cut to the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) budget. The cuts would target two buckets of CHIP funding: the Child Enrollment Contingency Fund, and unused state allotment funds. The Child Enrollment Contingency Fund, otherwise known as the “rainy day fund”, was put in place to help prevent states from running out of money if they experience a sudden increase in CHIP enrollments. The state allotment funds include wiggle room in case states go over their budget. The Congressional Budget Office published a letter stating that they do not expect the proposed rescission package to affect payments to states over the next ten years. According to an article by Kaiser Health News, however, child health advocates are concerned about this proposal going forward so soon after states had to use the contingency fund to maintain their CHIP programs.
CKF will continue to monitor this proposal and share its potential impact on Colorado if appropriate. Click here to review a summary of the proposal’s potential impact on CHIP published by Georgetown Center for Children and Families.

Outreach and Enrollment

PEAK Technical Support Center  
The PEAK Technical Support Center offers support to clients and assisters who are experiencing technical difficulties with the PEAK website including password resets. Users can contact the support call center at 1-800-250-7741, or message the help desk at Click here to learn more about the PEAK Technical Support Center.


CBMS Transformation Website
The Governor’s Office of Information and Technology (OIT) recently updated the CBMS Transformation website. The website includes a build calendar, proposed release schedule, and a frequently asked questions page. Click here to find information about the CBMS Transformation project.

RAE Contracts Now Available Online
The contracts for Colorado’s new RAEs, or Regional Accountable Entities, are now available online. RAEs will replace Regional Care Collaborative Organizations (RCCOs) beginning July 1, 2018. The launch of the new RAEs is part of Phase II of Colorado’s Accountable Care Collaborative (ACC). To learn more about ACC Phase II and to see the RAE contracts, click here.

New Public Charge Resources from CBPP
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) released two new papers on the issue of public charge. A public charge is currently defined as a person who is primarily dependent on government for subsistence. An immigrant who is deemed likely to become a public charge can be denied admission to the U.S. or denied the ability to become a lawful permanent resident. The Trump administration may soon release a draft rule that would broaden the range of public benefits that can be used to make public charge determinations. CBPP’s two papers on the topic discuss how these rule changes would impact legal immigrants and their families. The first paper addresses how the inclusion of Earned Income Tax Credits in public charge determinations would discourage lawfully present immigrants from using public benefits. The second paper addresses how the public charge rule change would be particularly harsh for pregnant women and children.

DRCOG’s Guide to Transitioning from Medicaid to Medicare
The Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) released a brief guide to educate people transitioning from Medicaid to Medicare about their eligibility and coverage. Click here to review the guide.

Upcoming Calls, Trainings, and Events

DHS Health Navigator Training
Denver Human Services (DHS) offers a navigator training for community partners. The navigator training includes an overview of the programs DHS offers, including food assistance, basic eligibility for Health First Colorado and cash programs, energy assistance, child support, childcare assistance program, PEAK, and a brief overview of the ACA. For more information and to register, please contact Kathy Crusan-Ford, Agency Trainer for SNAP Into Health, at The upcoming trainings will be held in Denver:
  • Friday, June 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 1200 Federal Blvd. Room 1019.
  • Wednesday, June 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 1200 Federal Blvd. Room 1019.

Funding Opportunity 

Apply for Funding with the Colorado Health Foundation
The Colorado Health Foundation currently has several open funding opportunities. The next deadline to apply is June 15. Visit the Colorado Health Foundation’s open funding webpage to learn more.


Connect for Health Colorado is Hiring an Eligibility and Enrollment Analyst
Connect for Health Colorado is seeking a new Eligibility and Enrollment Analyst. The Eligibility and Enrollment Analyst ensures that the ongoing design and technical operations of eligibility systems fulfill the needs of Connect for Health Colorado and associated Medical Assistance sites. Knowledge of PEAK and CBMS, as well familiarity with the requirements for medical assistance eligibility, are necessary for this position. To learn more about the position, click here. To apply, please send your resume, cover letter, salary history, and three references to                       

CCHN is Hiring a Health Center Workforce Specialist
Colorado Community Health Network (CCHN) is looking for a Health Center Workforce Specialist. The Health Center Workforce Specialist is primarily responsible for coordinating projects within the Health Center Operations Division (HCOPS) to provide technical assistance to Community Health Center members in training, recruiting, and staff retention. The Health Center Workforce Specialist must have technical and analytical writing skills, and be able to convey complex concepts in a manner that is accessible to a wide audience. Click here to learn more about this position. To apply, please send your resume, cover letter, and written responses to the supplemental application questions to

What We're Reading

Health and Access to Care and Coverage for LGBT Individuals in the U.S.
The Kaiser Family Foundation published an issue brief that summarizes new research about health issues and barriers impacting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. While health data on this population has been historically limited, studies from the past couple of decades have shed light on rates of unique health challenges in the LGBT community. Click here to learn more about the LGBT community’s health, access to care, and access to coverage.

How Six States Use Medicaid Managed Care to Serve Children with Special Health Care Needs
The National Academy for State Health Policy studied how six states (Arizona, Colorado, Minnesota, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia)  designed their managed care systems to serve children with special health care needs. Their studies assessed the six states’ best practices and strategies for meeting these children’s needs. Click here to review their findings.
Colorado Launches Campaign to End Stigma Around Opioid Addiction
Colorado launched a public awareness campaign called “Lift the Label” that aims to end stigma around opioid addiction. The campaign sends a hopeful message to people suffering from opioid addiction in Colorado by sharing inspiring stories about recovery. State health officials hope that by addressing this stigma, more Coloradans will feel encouraged to seek treatment. Click here to learn more about the Lift the Label campaign.
Colorado Covering Kids and Families (CKF) is a statewide, coalition-based project focused on increasing low-income Coloradans’ access to affordable health coverage. This monthly newsletter compiles what health coverage assisters need to know each month in one spot. 

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