Medical Assistance

GCDHS Medical Assistance

Health First Colorado (also known as Medicaid) is free or low-cost public health insurance for Coloradans who qualify. It is funded by the federal government and the Colorado state government, and is administered by the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. 

Health First Colorado coverage gives you 3 kinds of basic benefits: 

  1. Physical health benefits 
  2. Dental benefits 
  3. Behavioral health (mental health and substance use benefits)

For some services, you may have a co-pay. A co-pay is a fixed amount you pay when you get a covered health care service. You never have to pay more than the co-pay for covered services.

Get more information about your benefits by contacting your primary care provider, regional organization,  or the Member Contact Center.

  1. Apply
  2. Renew / Recertify
  3. Eligibility
  4. Report Change
  5. FAQs
  6. Other Programs

There are several ways to apply for benefits.


Over the Phone:

  • Call 1-800-221-3943/State Relay:711. Phone applications are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


How to submit your paper application: 

  • Email:
    • Please note, we do not recommended that you ever send us any documents containing sensitive information to us via email without encryption. If you need assistance sending an encrypted email there are options available for you. Please contact us at the office for more information (970-725-3331).
  • In person / Drop Box: 129 E. Byers Ave. Hot Sulphur Springs, CO 80451
  • Mail: PO BOX 204, Hot Sulphur Springs, CO 80451 
  • Fax: (970) 725-3696