Health Advocates Welcome Medicaid Changes Colorado Requested Due to COVID-19

April 30, 2020

Colorado has asked federal officials to approve a host of temporary changes to its Medicaid program to keep more people covered and sustain health care providers through the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the changes were priorities for health and disability rights advocates long before the new coronavirus began spreading.

LSC Board Member Julie Reiskin, executive director of the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition, said some of the changes are ones they’ve wanted to see for a long time. For example, allowing a case manager to start putting together a service plan before a physician’s assessment is finished will let people with disabilities get the help they need faster since the assessment doesn’t provide much useful information, she said.

Colorado has asked federal officials to approve a host of temporary changes to its Medicaid program to keep more people covered and sustain health care providers through the COVID-19

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