Over 1.2 million Coloradans rely on Medicaid or Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) for comprehensive health services that foster child development, help adults maintain employment, deliver needed mental health and substance use treatments and keep people with disabilities in their communities.

Unfortunately, Colorado saw an 8 percent decline in Medicaid and CHP+ enrollment between March 2017 and March 2019, as national enrollment fell by more than 2.3 percent or 1.7 million participants. Falling unemployment does not explain the extent of the drop, and policy changes spurred by federal pressure are a more likely explanation.

This analysis examines data on economic changes, as well as other factors contributing to the state’s enrollment decline.

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