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This page will help you navigate resources and questions regarding the Reproductive Health Care Program and will cover:
- Will this affect “Public Charge”?
- Do I qualify for the Reproductive Health Care Program?
- How can I apply?
- External Resource Links
Colorado’s Reproductive Health Care Program is now open!
Immigrants, regardless of documentation, can now access birth control, basic fertility services, STI and cancer screenings, and more for free through our state’s Medicaid program. If you are an immigrant who would otherwise qualify for Medicaid if not for your immigration status, this program is for you!
- FREE Family Planning Services, including:
- Contraceptive counseling office visits to talk about family planning, how to make healthy decisions about your reproductive health, and which method is best for you
- Different kinds of birth control (including birth control pill, ring, IUD, implants, or the shot)
- Device insertion, removal (IUDs, implant), and related services, including management of side effects
- Emergency contraception, such as Plan B
- Sterilization services for both biological sexes (tubal ligation and vasectomy)
- Basic fertility assessments
- 12 Months of Oral Birth Control to all Health First Colorado enrollees who want it
There’s no more going back to the doctor’s office or the pharmacy every 1-3 months just to refill your birth control! We know when people can access a larger supply at one time, we reduce barriers to care and unintended pregnancies.
But that’s not all! In 2023, we expanded the Reproductive Health Care Program to include family planning related services , which will go into effect July 1st, 2023. This expansion will provide:
- FREE Family Planning Related Services, including:
- Sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention
- Cervical cancer screenings and counseling
- Tobacco cessation
- Depression screenings
Do I qualify?
A resident of Colorado is defined as a person who is living within the state of Colorado and considers Colorado to be their place of residence at the time of application. Therefore, we do not categorize anyone’s residency in Colorado based on their citizenship or Legal immigrant status. If the person is living in the State of CO and considers this their place of residence when applying we will determine that as meeting residency requirements regardless if they have an actual address.
Will this affect “Public Charge”?
The federal government uses the term “public charge” when deciding who is eligible for admission into the US or who can become a permanent resident. A non-citizen application can be denied if they are found “likely at any time to be a public charge.”
During the Trump administration, additional public benefits were added to the list. However, those benefits were removed in 2021, and the most recent rules went into effect in December 2022.
Benefits your family members use will not be considered in the public charge test. The only benefits considered are those used by the applicant themselves.
If you need more help or have questions, it’s best to talk with an immigration lawyer. A list can be found at: https://www.immigrationlawhelp.org/search?state=CO
Do I qualify for the Reproductive Health Care Program?
You may qualify for the Reproductive Health Care Program if you meet the requirements for Health First Colorado (Colorado Medicaid), except for your immigration status. This program was created specifically for immigrants without documentation! Your information is safe, and the services are ready for you to use.
Do I qualify for Health First Colorado (Colorado Medicaid)?
For more detailed information, visit the Health First Colorado website.
To qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:
*For households with more than eight people, add $6,836 per additional person. Always check with the appropriate managing agency to ensure the most accurate guidelines.
How can I apply?
You can use these online resources:
If you’d prefer to speak with someone directly, you can also:
- Contact Health First Colorado’s Member Contact Center: 1-800-221-3943
- Find your nearest Department of Human Services Office on this map and ask for help with applying
- Find your nearest Community Health Center on this map and ask for help with applying
- Find your nearest Medicaid Provider on this map and ask for help with applying
For more information, visit Health First Colorado’s Extending Family Planning Benefits Page (click on the third tab titled “Family Planning and EMS”)
External Resource Links
For people seeking coverage 🧾
- HCPF Member Application Resources Page
- HCPF Family Planning Expansion Benefit Page
- HCPF Member Handbook
For providers 👩🏽⚕️
- HCPF Reproductive and Maternal Health Programs and Resources Page
- HCPF Family Planning Benefit Expansion for Special Populations Billing Manual
- HCPF Monthly Provider Bulletins