Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Is Colorado Access the Same as Medicaid / Medicare?
Colorado Access is a regional offshoot of Health First Colorado, Colorado’s Medicaid program. There is a distinct difference to be made between Medicaid and Medicare, however.
- Medicaid — Medicaid is a joint federal and state program that offers healthcare to those with limited resources, specifically those in low income brackets.
- Medicare — Medicare is a federal health insurance program for individuals over the age of 65, and for some people who are under 65 and who have certain qualifying disabilities or conditions.
If you have low income or you have a lack of other resources available to you, you might be eligible for Health First Colorado and Colorado Access. Contact us today to learn more.
Is Colorado Access & Health First Colorado the Same?
Health First Colorado is the name of Colorado’s Medicaid program. Colorado Access is an organization that manages the administration of Health First in its region (throughout the Denver area). CuraWest is in contract with this individual regional provider. If you are covered by Colorado Access, you are covered by Health First Colorado, and CuraWest’s treatment services are likely covered.
Does Colorado Medicaid Cover Rehab & Addiction Treatment?
Health First Colorado – (Colorado’s Medicaid program) does cover rehab and addiction treatment at select treatment facilities in the Denver area. However, many privately funded detox and rehabilitation centers do not accept Medicaid. The majority of private treatment centers work exclusively with privately funded insurance companies. Because CuraWest is dedicated to making quality clinical care available to those in need regardless of socioeconomic status, we do accept Colorado Medicaid via Colorado Access. Contact us today to learn more.
Does Colorado Access Pay for Mental Health, Substance Abuse Disorders, or Behavioral Health Services?
The Department of Health Care Policy & Financing states, “Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid program) members have comprehensive mental health and substance use disorder services through their regional organization. Behavioral health providers can get you medically necessary behavioral health services, like therapy or medications.” As a regional organization managed by Health First Colorado, Colorado Access does cover treatment for substance use disorders and other behavioral healthcare services. In some cases, the Colorado Medicaid policy will cover mental health services, but it depends on the facility offering them.