I am very pleased to announce that the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing will be increasing the enrollment cap for the AwDC program by an estimated 9,250 slots as funding allows.
Since last spring, we have been working together with our county partners and other stakeholders to provide coverage to the most vulnerable Coloradans through the AwDC program. The Department has been monitoring utilization and expenditure data for AwDC and is confident there is sufficient hospital provider fee revenue to raise the enrollment cap.
The Department plans to enroll 3,000 individuals from the AwDC program waitlist beginning in April and enroll 1,250 individuals each subsequent month though September 2013 as long as funding allows. The phased monthly increase in enrollment will allow the Department to continue to evaluate program expenses to ensure costs do not exceed provider fee funds.
The AwDC program is funded through the hospital provider fee and matching federal funds; it uses no state general funds. Since the program is relatively new, we will continue to monitor costs and utilization patterns carefully to watch for changes. A phased approach gives us the opportunity to slow enrollment if it appears that our program growth will lead to costs that exceed available hospital provider fee resources. It also allows us to add more people over time than a single large increase would. However, after our discussions with you all last week, we agreed that it was important to enroll as many people as possible during the first month, and as you can see, the largest increase happens in April.
Please note: the application and enrollment processes will stay the same. The income limit is still 10% FPL, and we are still using the same randomized selection process to choose names from the waitlist each month. Nothing is changing except the number of available slots. Applicants who are already on the waitlist do not need to reapply.
As we discussed in our meeting, the Department is preparing formal notifications to CMS and to the public, in accordance with the terms of our waiver.
I wanted to be the first to share this exciting news with you. Please watch for updates to our website and for a press release to be posted next week. If you have any questions, please let me know.
Thank you for your dedication to and support of this program.
Sonja Madera, MS
Medicaid Program Development Specialist
Department of Health Care Policy and Financing
1570 Grant Street
Denver, CO 80203-1818