Economic Security (Self-Sufficiency) Assistance
Our public assistance programs include:
All eligible individuals will receive information and assistance for available resources.
- Food Assistance Program
- Colorado Works/Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program
- Old Age Pension (OAP)
- Medicare Savings Program
- Aid to the Needy Disabled/Blind (AND)
- Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)
- Low Income Energy Assistance (LEAP)
Colorado citizens can use an online application to screen for eligibility, apply for benefits, submit household changes and check the status of their benefits on the State's new PEAK website. The website features a streamlined application process for faster eligibility determination and the opportunity to print insurance cards online before receiving them in the mail.
To apply for assistance in person, pick up an application from either our Glenwood Springs office or our Rifle office, call to make other arrangements to obtain an application.
Walk-in interviews are available Monday through Friday from 9 am - 3 pm in our offices in Glenwood Springs, 108 8th Street, Suite 300, and Rifle, 195 West 14th Street.
You can print the Application for Public Assistance from Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing.
Connect for Health Colorado
Coloradans not eligible for public health coverage such as Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) may still receive financial assistance for health insurance through Connect for Health Colorado.
Health care changes
The Department of Health Care Policy and Finance has developed two videos specifically for Coloradans about some of the new ways to get health care coverage. These videos address What you need to do to get ready for health care changes in Colorado as well as How you apply for coverage.
What you need to do to get ready for health care changes in Colorado
How you apply for coverage
The Department of Health Care Policy and Financing estimates that pursuing Medicaid expansion will allow more than 160,000 Coloradans to gain access to health coverage beginning January 1, 2014. The expansion allows Coloradans earning up to 133% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) to become eligible for Medicaid:
Colorado Medicaid already covers children up to 133% of the FPL, so the new coverage would impact adults with Medicaid eligible children and other adults without dependent children. Many of those impacted are working individuals and families who had earned too much to qualify in the past, but not enough to afford private insurance. The expansion will take effect January 1, 2014. For more information about Medicaid visit Colorado.gov/hcpf.
- $30,657 per year for a family of four
- $14,856 per year for an individual
Beginning January 1, 2014, more Coloradans will be eligible for free or low cost coverage through Colorado Medicaid. The newly eligible will include adults without children and parents making up to 133% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), which is an annual income of $14,856 per year for an individual or $30,657 per year for a family of four.
These services include aspirin use, blood pressure screening, breast cancer screening, cholesterol screening, depression screening, healthy diet counseling, sexually transmitted disease prevention counseling, tobacco use screening and counseling and others.
- Primary Care
- Behavioral health
- Rehabilitative services
- Laboratory services
- Outpatient care
- Prescription drugs
- Emergency care
- Dental care (a new dental benefit begins April 2014)
- Maternity care
- Newborn care
- Mental health and substance use disorder
- Habilitative services (help individuals maintain skills necessary for daily living)
- Preventive and wellness services as defined by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approval
The benefit package for the newly eligible providing general Medicaid coverage, additional preventive and wellness services and habilitative services, must be approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
To find out if you or members of your family are eligible for Medicaid, Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) or financial assistance to help purchase health insurance through Connect for Health Colorado marketplace visit or call:
Toll free: 1-800-221-3943
Toll free: 1-855-PLANS-4-YOU
Accountable Care Collaborative (ACC)
The ACC is a new Medicaid program to improve clients' health and reduce costs. The ACC is a central part of Medicaid reform that changes the incentives and health care delivery processes for providers from one that rewards a high volume of services to one that holds them accountable for health outcomes.
Medicaid clients in the ACC will receive the regular Medicaid benefit package, and will also belong to a Regional Care Collaborative Organization (RCCO). The RCCO connects Medicaid clients to Medicaid providers and also helps Medicaid clients find community and social services in their area. The RCCO helps providers to communicate with Medicaid clients and with each other, so Medicaid clients receive coordinated care.
Medicaid clients will also choose a Primary Care Medical Provider (PCMP). The PCMP is a Medicaid client's main health care provider. When a Medicaid client needs specialist care, the PCMP will help him/her find the right specialist.
To check your eligibility and apply for medical, food or cash assistance programs, please visit the State's new PEAK website.
Each program also has resource limits. Amounts are subject to change.
Each program requires certain forms of verification. The verification that will or may be requested is listed below:
Verification of citizen and identity:
We must see the original document.
- State issued birth certificates
- Identity – driver's license, school id, government issued id, affidavit
verification that may be requested:
- Identification for head of household
- Social security number or card
- Proof of residency
- Income (earned/unearned)
- Alien Status
- Rent/mortgage receipts
- Utility expenses
- Phone bills
- Child support expenses dependent care expenses
- Medical expenses if you are elderly or disabled
- Verification of pregnancy with due date
- Birth certificate
- Marriage license
- Divorce decree
- Medicare card
- Life insurance policies
- Burial policies
- Children's immunization records
- Child support paperwork
Please report fraud, all reports are confidential
To report possible fraud, please call 1-970-625-5282, ext. 3186, or send a letter to:
Fraud and Recovery
Garfield County Department of Human Services
195 West 14th Street
Rifle, CO 81650
"Fraud means an individual secured or attempted to secure or aided or abetted another person in securing public assistance to which the individual was not entitled by means of willful misrepresentation or intentional concealment of an essential fact."
Low Income Energy Assistance Program
Food Assistance Program
Colorado Child Care Assistance Program
To provide services and support and to assist in obtaining and maintaining an improved quality of life for eligible residents.
All eligible individuals will receive information and assistance from available resources.