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Denver Human Services provides one-on-one assistance to help people find and apply for Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program), Medicare and health insurance through Connect for Health Colorado.

  • Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program) is free or low cost public health insurance for Coloradans who qualify. Health First Colorado can cover your doctor visits, emergency care, preventative care - such as screenings and immunizations - and other procedures and treatments. You may also qualify for Long -Term Care,  which can include nursing facility care and Home and Community-Based Services where health care providers deliver care in your home.
  • Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) is low-cost public health insurance for Colorado's uninsured children and pregnant women who earn too much to qualify for Health First Colorado, but cannot afford private insurance.
  • Colorado Indigent Care Program (CICP) provides discounted health services through qualified providers to Colorado residents, migrant workers and legal immigrants who are uninsured or underinsured. CICP is not a health insurance program. Services are restricted to participating hospitals and clinics throughout the state. Click here to find out how to apply for CICP.
  • Connect for Health Colorado is the only place where Coloradans can access new financial assistance based on income and other factors to reduce the cost of health insurance. Visit Connect for Health Colorado for more information.
  • Medicare is a medical insurance program for low-income individuals who have paid social security taxes and who are least 62 years of age, as well as their spouses and disabled children.

Step 1: Get an application




You can come to any of our offices, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., and pick up an application:

  • Richard T. Castro Building
    1200 Federal Blvd.
    Denver, CO 80204

  • East Office
    3815 Steele St.
    Denver, CO 80205

  • Arie P. Taylor Building (Montbello office) 
    4685 Peoria St.
    Denver, CO 80239


Mail or Fax:

We can send an application to you by mail or fax – please call us at 720-944-4DHS (4347) to have one sent to you.


If you need more information regarding the application process or need any special accommodations or need a sign language or other language interpreter, please ask our lobby staff at one of our offices or call us at 720-944-4DHS (4347).



To apply for Health First Colorado over the phone, call 1-800-221-3943. 

Step 2: Complete the application

Please fill out as much of the application as you can. At a minimum we will need to have your name, home street address, the benefits that you are applying for (see list on page 1 of the application), and signature on the application to begin the process (see page 8 of the application). If you need help or don't understand a question, a staff member at one of our offices can help you complete your application or you can call us at 720-944-4DHS (4347).

Step 3: Return the application to one of our offices

You can return the application to any of the offices listed above. As long as you provide your name, home street address, and a signature, you can turn in the form to begin the process, but providing as much information as possible could help complete the process faster.

Please be prepared to supply following documents and information:

  • Your identification, such as a driver’s license or other picture ID;
  • Social Security numbers (or proof you’ve applied for those numbers) for everyone requesting benefits;
  • Proof of income for your household, such as pay stubs, Social Security, child support;
  • Proof of other resources or assets, such as checking or savings account information, vehicle information, retirement accounts, stocks, life insurance;
  • Proof of status in the U.S., such as Visa, Legal Permanent Resident Card, Passport, or
  • Employment Authorization Card for everyone you are applying for;
  • If someone is pregnant, proof of when the baby is due (letter or statement from a doctor or other health care provider);
  • Information on any parent(s) not living in the home of the children you are applying for;
  • Health insurance card or policy;
  • Proof of expenses such as day care, rent, mortgage, utilities, child support, or medical bills.

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If you would like to use our free, on-site child care center during your application process, you may reserve a space by calling 720-944-2812.



Office Hours (all locations)
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday - by appointment only
Customer Service
720-944-4DHS (4347)
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If you need Spanish-language relay services, please call 800-337-3242.



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