Your Quick and Easy Guide to Income Qualified Discounted Medical, Dental, and Mental Health Services In La Plata County
What is CARES?
CARES stands for the Community Access and Referral Enrollment System. This program provides discounted medical, dental, and mental health services based on income and family size for people who have no insurance. A growing list of health providers are participating in the CARES program, offering discounts on medical, dental, vision, and mental health services in La Plata County. Check back often as our list of providers is updated frequently!
Why should you care about CARES?
Regular access to preventive care is essential to good health. Too many families in our community are unable to pay for routine visits. Those families who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid/CHP+ but not enough to afford private insurance qualify for the CARES program.
How do I qualify?
Eligibility for Program participation will be determined by a Financial Counselor based on information you provide about the number of people in your family and the gross annual income of all members in the family. If you are uninsured and your income is less than 400% of poverty level, you may qualify for the CARES program.
FEDERAL POVERTY LEVEL GUIDELINES
How easy is it to apply?
It’s so easy! All you need to do is provide documentation of income and proof of your address…ONE TIME ONLY! Bring your documentation to one of our application centers, and if approved, you’ll receive a one year identification card to show to your preventive care provider at the time of service. Participating providers will determine what level of discount they will offer. DOWNLOAD ENROLLMENT FORM (English)
DOWNLOAD ENROLLMENT FORM (Espanol)
What records do I need?