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Understanding Publicly-Funded Insurance Programs and Colorado’s General Fund

December 5, 2012

CHI provided this fact sheet and presentation to policymakers and other health care leaders who attended the 2012 Hot Issues in Health Care legislative conference.

Medicaid and the Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) are health insurance programs for low income Coloradans. They are administered by the state of Colorado. The federal government and the state share in the financing. States must abide by certain federal eligibility and service requirements to receive federal funding. 

Colorado also administers the Colorado Indigent Care Program (CICP). CICP is not health insurance, but rather a financing mechanism to partially reimburse providers for caring for low-income Coloradans who are uninsured or underinsured. 

Medicare is a health insurance program for individuals 65 and older or those with permanent disabilities. Since Medicare is funded and administered by the federal government, states do not have authority over the program. 

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