COVID-19’s Impact on Medicaid
The COVID-19 pandemic brought on countless changes to our daily lives. For some, this meant changes to where, when, and how their Medicaid services were delivered. Appendix K was an important addition to Health First Colorado program during the pandemic by allowing temporary modifications to Medicaid services. Due to the end of the public health emergency in May 2023, there have been numerous changes regarding Appendix K modifications.
What is Appendix K?
Appendix K was created to quickly create temporary modifications to HCBS waiver rules for necessary flexibilities during the Public Health Emergency (PHE). These adjustments were made to allow more Colorado families to access services during the unprecedented times that came with the COVID-19 pandemic.
While Appendix K changes were originally intended to remain temporary throughout the Public Health Emergency, there have been multiple provisions that were later approved to become permanently available. Please review the list below for all changes that were made permanent, in addition to those that will no longer be available as of November 11th, 2023.
These changes have already been approved for permanent adoption and are currently available.
These updates will be effective as of July 1, 2023.
Appendix K Changes No Longer Available
These Appendix K modifications will no longer be available due to the end of the Public Health Emergency. This will be effective November 11, 2023.
Source: Colorado Dept. of Health Care & Financing. (2023). Unwinding Appendix K Flexibilities. Retrieved from: https://hcpf.colorado.gov/
We understand that navigating these changes in Medicaid rules can be a daunting task. Our knowledgeable team is here to help! If you have questions about Medicaid renewals or other changes as a result the end of the Public Health Emergency, please view our guide below.