Since July 1, 2009, no additional funding has been provided for new CPPC grant-funded projects for FY 2009-10. Following the 2011 legislative session, the program was completely terminated by SB 11-216. There is no longer a program providing funding to medical professionals so they may offer preventive and primary care to low-income Coloradans.
The Comprehensive Primary and Preventive Care (CPPC) Grant Program was established by the Colorado legislature to make service grants to qualified providers for their use in expanding the provision of primary and preventive care to medically indigent patients in Colorado. However, it is not intended to supplant or expand the Children’s Basic Health Plan or Children’s Health Plan Plus (CBHP or CHP+), the Medical Assistance Program (Medicaid) or the Colorado Indigent Care Program (CICP).
Those who meet all of the criteria of a qualified provider, as defined in statute, are encouraged to apply for funds through this program.
A qualified provider is an entity that provides comprehensive primary care in Colorado and:
- Accepts all patients regardless of their ability to pay and uses a sliding fee scale for payments or does not charge medically indigent patients for services;
- Serves a designated Medically Underserved Area or Medically Underserved Population as provided in section 330(b) of the federal “Public Health Service Act”, 42 U.S.C. sec. 254b, or demonstrates to the Department that the entity serves a population or area that lacks adequate health care services for low-income, uninsured persons;
- Has a demonstrated track record of providing cost-effective care;
- Provides or arranges for the provision of comprehensive primary care to persons of all ages. An entity in a rural area may be exempt from this requirement if they can demonstrate that there are no providers in the community to provide one or more of the comprehensive primary care services; and
- Completes a screening that evaluates eligibility for the Medical Assistance Program, the CBHP or CHP+, and the CICP and refers patients potentially eligible for one of the programs to the appropriate agency (e.g., county departments of human/social services) for eligibility determination if they are not qualified to make eligibility determinations.
Grants shall be used by qualified providers to:
- Increase access to comprehensive primary care services for medically indigent patients;
- Create new services or augment existing services provided to uninsured or medically indigent patients;
- Establish new sites that offer comprehensive primary care services in medically underserved areas of the state or to medically underserved populations; or
- Maintain increased access, capacity or services previously funded by CPPC grants.