Thursday, January 3, 2013

Colorado Dept of Health Care Policy and Financing Announces Four Priority Areas for Health Promotion

The Department of Health Care Policy and Financing recently identified four priorities for Healthy Living:
  1. Every child should see a dentist by their first birthday, and then regularly as recommended by their provider. 
  2. Adults and children should receive weight and height (BMI) screening at every provider visit to track and manage issues of obesity. 
  3. Every teen (ages 11-20) should receive screening for depression annually. 
  4. Medicaid pays for two tobacco quit attempts per year: for help with quitting, call the QuitLine at 1-800-QUITNOW (1-800-784-8669). 
These are the Department's Healthy Living Initiatives, which include oral health; behavioral health (with a focus on depression); nutrition and fitness (with a focus on obesity); and tobacco cessation.

The Department has 4 Wellness Messages will be promoted on-line, in letters to clients, through our electronic communications, in our Tool Kits for providers, and through our Healthy Communities program.
The Medicaid program covers these benefits; all clients are encouraged to take advantage of these prevention services.

If you have questions regarding the four priority areas for health promotion and disease prevention, contact Lisa J. Waugh, RN, PhD, Health Policy Specialist, Quality and Health Improvement Unit with the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing at 303-866-2029 or

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