CARES stands for the Community Access and Referral Enrollment System. This program provides discounted medical, dental, and mental health services based on income and family size for people who have no insurance. A growing list of health providers are participating in the CARES program, offering discounts on medical, dental, vision, and mental health services in La Plata County.
Visit the CARES website to: see if you qualify, how to apply, and view a list of Participating Health Providers
CHP+ and Medicaid
Family Medicaid is a public health insurance program for Colorado children age 0-18 and for parents with dependent children. The program is funded jointly by a federal-state partnership and is administered by the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. For more information on Family Medicaid you may go to Colorado.gov/HCPF
Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) is low-cost health insurance for Colorado's uninsured children and pregnant women. CHP+ is public health insurance for children and pregnant women who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, but cannot afford private health insurance. Click here to go to the CHP Plus website.
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