State Medical Assistance and Services Advisory Council

The Colorado State Medical Assistance and Services Advisory Council exists to improve and maintain the quality of Health First Colorado (Colorado's Medicaid program) by:

  • Contributing specialized knowledge and experience to that available within HCPF, and
  • Providing a two-way channel of communication with the individuals, organizations, and institutions in the community that, with the administering Agency, provide and/or pay for medical care and services. 

Meetings are held every other month from 6 to 7:30pm on the fourth Wednesday of that particular month.  Meetings take place virtually. Members of the public are welcome but they must request an invitation by contacting Jerrilyn.Chavez@state.co.us

Council Creation and History

The Medical Care Advisory Committee was created in 1967 and operates in accordance with 42 CFR 431.12 (Code of Federal Regulations) based on section 1902(a)(4) of the Social Security Act.  It was established as the Colorado State Medical Assistance and Services Advisory Council under Section 25.5-4-203 C.R.S. (Colorado Revised Statutes).

2024 Meetings

  • November 27
  • September 25
  • July 24
  • May 22
  • March 27
  • January 24

2023 Meeting Archive

Our Members

The Board has a representative from HCPF and from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The 14 members of the board are appointed by the Governor for a term of two years. The Board consists of the following representatives:


  • Representing Behavioral Health Services- Open Seat
  • Representing Dentists - Leah Schulz
  • Representing Home Health - Janet Puglisi
  • Representing Hospitals: Christopher Newman
  • Representing Nurses: Diane Ream
  • Representing Nursing Facilities: Open Seat
  • Representing Optometry: Open Seat
  • Representing Osteopathy: Peter McNally
  • Representing Pharmacists: Erika Alexander
  • Representing Physicians: Margaret Tomcho and Josina O'Connell
  • Representing the Public: Ron DeVries
  • Representing the Public: Kimberly Jackson
  • Representing the Public: Jasmine White
  • Representing CDPHE: Hannah Sieben
  • Representing HCPF: Adela Flores-Brennan


The State Medical Assistance and Services Advisory Council Rules of Procedure

Contact Us/Join Us

Program Administrator:

Adela Flores-Brennan
Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing
303 E. 17th Avenue
Denver, CO 80203
Email: Adela.Flores-Brennan@state.co.us 

Reasonable accommodations for the meetings will be provided upon request for persons with disabilities. Please contact the Program Administrator at least one week prior to the scheduled meeting if you need special arrangements.