Home and Community-Based Services Waivers

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An HCBS waiver is an extra set of Health First Colorado (Colorado's Medicaid program) benefits that you could qualify for in certain cases.
These benefits can help you remain in your home and community. HCBS Waivers have extra program rules and some programs may have waitlists.

Stakeholders can provide input to the Department on proposed Home and Community-Based (HCBS) 1915(c) waiver changes through the HCBS Public Comment Opportunities page

Waiver Comparison Charts    Waiver Documents & Lifecycle   HCBS Public Comment Opportunities

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Waiver Comparison Charts

HCBS Waiver Charts - side-by-side comparison of waiver benefits

CHRP-CES Waiver Comparison Charts

Choosing an HCBS Waiver Flowcharts - decision tree-type flow chart showing waiver options

 

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Approved HCBS Waiver Documents and Waiver Lifecycle

HCBS 1915(c) waiver agreements must be renewed with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) every five years. The Department of Health Care Policy & Financing defines the 5 year agreement with CMS as the waiver's lifecycle. Each individual waiver has a different lifecycle.

The chart below details the current waiver year of the waiver lifecycle and the year the waiver will need to be renewed. The CMS HCBS 1915(c) waiver agreements always expire on June 30 of the listed calendar year and will go through the renewal process prior to that date.

Questions?  Email HCPF_HCBSWaivers@state.co.us 

Waiver Waiver Document Current Year of Lifecycle Renewal Year
BI

Brain Injury (BI) Waiver - Full Text - Effective July 1, 2022

Brain Injury (BI) Waiver - Full Text - Effective January 1, 2023

1 2027
CLLI

Children with Life-Limiting Illness (CLLI) Waiver - Full Text - Effective July 1, 2022

Children with Life-Limiting Illness (CLLI) Waiver - Full Text - Effective January 1, 2023

3 2025
CES

Children's Extensive Support (CES) Waiver - Full Text - Effective July 1, 2022

Children's Extensive Support (CES) Waiver - Full Text - Effective January 1, 2023

4 2024
CHRP

Children's Habilitation Residential Program (CHRP) Waiver - Full Text - Effective July 1, 2022

Children's Habilitation Residential Program (CHRP) Waiver - Full Text - Effective January 1, 2023

4 2024
CHCBS

Children's Home and Community Based Services (CHCBS) Waiver - Full Text - Effective July 1, 2022

Children's Home and Community Based Services (CHCBS) Waiver - Full Text - Effective January 1, 2023

5 2023
CMHS

Community Mental Health Supports (CMHS) Waiver - Full Text - Effective July 1, 2022

Community Mental Health Supports (CMHS) Waiver - Full Text - Effective January 1, 2023

1 2027
CIH

Complementary and Integrative Health (CIH) Waiver - Full Text - Effective July 1, 2022

Complementary and Integrative Health (CIH) Waiver - Full Text - Effective January 1, 2023

3 2025
DD

Developmental Disabilities (DD) Waiver - Full Text - Effective July 1, 2022

Developmental Disabilities (DD) Waiver - Full Text - Effective January 1, 2023

4 2024
EBD

Elderly Blind and Disabled (EBD) Waiver - Full Text - Effective July 1, 2022

Elderly Blind and Disabled (EBD) Waiver - Full Text - Effective January 1, 2023

1 2027
SLS

Supported Living Services (SLS) Waiver - Full Text - Effective July 1, 2022

Supported Living Services (SLS) Waiver - Full Text - Effective January 1, 2023

4 2024

This information is accurate as of January 1, 2023 for State Fiscal Year 2022-23

 

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