Contact: Megan Burch, Economic Services Manager at 970-328-8888 or PA.CustomerService@eaglecounty.us
A new Medicaid Buy-In Program for children with disabilities, or Children's Buy-In is now available through Eagle County’s Health and Human Services Department. As part of the Colorado Health Care Affordability Act, the Children’s Buy-In program will give families who make too much to qualify for Medicaid or Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) the opportunity receive Medicaid coverage for their child with a disability. Through the program, eligible families will ‘buy-into' Medicaid benefits for their child by paying a monthly premium based on their income.
The Children’s Buy-In program may be an option for children who are on a waitlist for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) or Medicaid Waiver, or who were denied services, do not currently have health care insurance, or have needs that are not covered by private insurance. Once a child is enrolled in the Children’s Buy-In program they will receive regular Medicaid benefits.
To be eligible for the Children’s Buy-In program, children must be under 19 years of age, have a qualifying disability using the Social Security Administration listings, and have a family income level below 300 percent of the Federal Poverty Level, after income disregards are calculated. For example, a family of four can make approximately $8,600 a month and their child may still qualify for this program.
Premium costs for the Children’s Buy-In Program are based Federal Poverty Levels. As of July 1, monthly premium amounts are:
For more information about the program, contact Eagle County Health & Human Services at 970-328-8888 or visit any of three county office locations in Avon, Eagle or El Jebel.