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.
Children's HCBS Waivers
Waiver Comparison Charts
HCBS Waiver Charts - side-by-side comparison of waiver benefits
- Adult Waiver Chart - December 2022
- Adult Waiver Chart - 14 pt font - December 2022
- Children's Waiver Chart - September 2019
- Children's Waiver Chart - 14 pt font - September 2019
CHRP-CES Waiver Comparison Charts
- CHRP-CES Waiver Comparison Chart for Caregivers - October 2021
- CHRP CES Waiver Comparison Chart for Case Management - October 2021
Choosing an HCBS Waiver Flowcharts - decision tree-type flow chart showing waiver options
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
This information is accurate as of January 1, 2023 for State Fiscal Year 2022-23